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Mother Speaks Out One Month On From Scaffolding Tragedy

The mother of an 18-year-old apprentice, who was tragically killed in a scaffolding accident in northern Sydney, has spoken out one month on from the accident.

Speaking at the Union May Day March, the grieving mother called for safer working conditions so that no more construction accidents like this one occur.

Christopher Cassanti was working on a construction site in Macquarie Park last month when the scaffolding collapsed and left him trapped beneath tonnes of twisted metal.

It took paramedics almost two hours to reach Mr Cassanti after the collapse and sadly he was confirmed dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old co-worker was also left trapped in the incident and is still recovering from injuries to his lower body.

Patrizia Cassanti spoke for the first time one month on from the tragedy, speaking about how her son had the world at his feet and described her heartache from losing him far too soon.

“I’m taking a stand for Christopher and I’m here to help change the rules and I promise you, to continue until it’s done,” she said.

“He had so many plans, which unfortunately now are not able to be fulfilled.

“I’m not much of a public speaker but I found the courage to speak today.

“We need to change the rules so your family does not have to go through what mine is going through.”

Ms Cassanti said that she chose to speak ignored to give her son a voice.

The incident is currently under extensive police and SafeWork NSW investigations.

The developer of the construction site, Ganellen, said in a statement last month that they were devastated by the tragedy and revealed that this was the first onsite fatality in their 20 years of operation.

Statements have been given to police and SafeWork following the incident by witnesses on the scene, Ganellen and scaffolding company Synergy Scaffolding.

Mr Cassanti had just celebrated his 18th birthday before the tragic accident.

His uncle spoke about the family’s devastation at losing the “jewel of our family” last month, referring to Christopher as a “gentle, kind and hardworking young man”.

“We feel devastated and empty by the loss of our beautiful boy Christopher,” he said.

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