DATE: 4th January 2008

SUBJECT: WORKPLACE DEATH 1974

SENDER: NATTALIE WEBB (QLD)


I have been looking into my fathers death now for eight years, he was killed in MACKAY QUEENSLAND .

I was only five years old ,1974, was never allowed to speak about it. He was working on a demolition site using a tractor to pull down an existing chimney. The linkage was attached at the wrong height, lifting the tractor and pinning him beneath it. 

The people involved did not report the incident nor did they call for the proper authorities. I have applied for any papers from the national archives it took a lot of talking but have limited documents. I also flew to MACKAY and looked for reports in newspapers. 

Spoke to an uncle who said the accident was suspicious, but he was always ignored. However recently he ran into a man who reported the incident and took his own photographs. He also was ignored. 

Would dearly love to see all related documents and court related papers but have come to a dead end. Are you at all able to help. 

There is a big flaw in this system also where the children's rights are forgotten. They do grow up ,who is there with any answers? People just forget these poor souls, sure you have to get on with life ,but when you lose something that special, you must have the answers and the complete truth. 

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SITE ,CONTAINING A LOT MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY ONE COULD EVER IMAGINE. PEOPLE NEED MORE EXPOSURE TO THE FACT THAT THIS IS HAPPENING. THEY ALSO NEED TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THERE MORALS. THINK ABOUT THE LIVES THEY ARE RUINING, NOT JUST THE VICTIMS.    

REGARDS NATTALIE

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Hi Nattalie

Thank you for your letter - a very sad one but so very beautifully written.

I have had contact from others interstate since VOID began.  

I just wanted to say, while I realise that we are based here in South Australia, should you wish to put up a tribute page for your Dad, you are more than welcome.  On a recent trip to Tasmania I met other families who were also interested in placing a tribute up for their loved one so in time I will separate these by state so that people can navigate them easily.

As for your hunt for answers as to what happened to your Dad?  I think perhaps these days there are more systems in place to ensure company's follow a protocol when a workplace incident occurs.  I've spoken to several family members who lost a loved one in earlier years and to say the investigation was handled like a sham would have been an understatement.  Lord knows, even today things could be better but they have at least come some way.

Your message at the end is very powerful - because in the end its the kiddies and the remaining spouse that somehow has to pick up the pieces.  I don't think attitudes have changed much in 30 years in that regard.  The system is still cruel and heartless.

 I will see what can be done to help you find some answers about your Dad's death.  You deserve some peace around this.

 Yours Sincerely

Andrea Madeley