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Parents of Vic worker killed in truck rollover plead with employers to prioritise safety in the workplace

Feb 25th 2022

Parents of Vic worker killed in truck rollover plead with employers to prioritise safety in the workplace

The parents of a Victorian man killed in a workplace incident more than four years ago are calling on employers to make workplace safety a priority.

The 21-year-old was fatally injured after his truck rolled over in West Gippsland in May 2017.

His employer was later convicted and fined following the incident.

Simonette Randall and Jim Taifer were shocked to hear 66 Victorian workers were killed at work in 2021.

"I hear his screams in my head all the time, of him driving down that hill," Mrs Randall said.

"How scared was he? Did he know he was going to die?

"I don't want this to happen to anybody else."

The family says their lives were shattered.

"They say time heals all, but it's something you can't forget … I keep reliving that moment," Mr Taifer said.

"For a while, I'd wake up and expect Damien to ring me that morning and then I'd remember, you know.

"It's just a trauma that I've never experienced in anything else in life; we miss him so, so dearly."

On Monday, WorkSafe confirmed 66 Victorian workers died on the job in 2021.

Read the full story on the ABC News website.

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