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The family of the young businessman who died when the scaffolding collapsed described the fine as ‘ridiculous’

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The family of a young businessman killed in a Sydney building collapse has called a $2 million fine for the scaffolding company involved “ridiculous”.

A judge fined Synergy Scaffolding Services $2 million today after apprentice Christopher Cassanitti was crushed to death when a 30m scaffold suddenly collapsed on his building site in Sydney’s Macquarie Park in April 2019.

“It’s not a barrier for any company. Two million dollars is nothing for a big builder,” said Cassinetti’s mother, Patrizia.

Cassanitti's parents, Rob and Patricia, revealed that he was a teenager. "Asking for help, asking for his mother" For 20 minutes as workers frantically tried to pull the metal away.
Cassanitti’s parents Rob and Patrizia revealed the youngster had been “begging for help, asking his mum” for 20 minutes as workers frantically tried to remove the metal. (9 News)

“It’s laughable but the thing is we have a maximum penalty, the judge just has to go by the book.”

The young man and his 39-year-old partner Khaled Wahbe worked in their lunch break to finish some extra work.

The scaffolding collapsed and they were trapped. Wahbe, though seriously wounded, survives the ordeal, holding Kisaniti’s hand to the end.

“Wahbe suffered serious injuries but regained consciousness as he watched Christopher die,” Judge Andrew Scotting said in his ruling.

“The impact of his injuries and the horror of that moment continue to affect him.”

Cassanitti’s parents, Rob and Patrizia, revealed the youngster had been “begging for help, asking his mum” for 20 minutes as workers frantically tried to remove the metal.

Today, the judge said the incident was upsetting to Kasaniti’s family.

“Christopher’s parents, brothers, family and friends continue to suffer tremendous pain, grief and loss,” Scotting said.

Patrizia said that despite today’s order, the loss of her son never gets easier.

“Christopher’s loss is forever. It’s a life sentence,” she said.

“No matter what we’re feeling, it’s not going to change our lives.”

Patricia and Rob carry a teddy bear with his ashes as they continue to process the loss.

This teddy bear carries the ashes of Christopher, son of Rob and Patricia Cassanetti.
This teddy bear carries the ashes of Christopher, son of Rob and Patricia Cassanetti. (9 news)

Two others on scaffolding jumped to safety, while three others working nearby had to flee to avoid injury.

An investigation found that the scaffold was capable of holding 675 kg per level but was loaded with 17,905 kg of construction materials at the time of the collapse.

Scotting said the case was about Synergy Scaffolding Services’ “culpability” for the incident, but several factors contributed to the collapse, including on-site workers removing ties from the building to do their own work without permission. included.

“This case should serve as a reminder that unsafe practices on a building site can and do have disastrous consequences,” Scotting said.

“Activists considering such unsafe actions should consider what they might say to those whose lives have been destroyed by the potential consequences of their actions.”

The fine issued to Synergy Scaffolding Services is not the largest of its kind as the maximum fine in NSW is $3 million.

Kasanithi’s parents are calling for industrial homicide laws to be introduced in NSW.

“Every other state has had an industrial massacre, so should ours,” Patrizia said.

Patrizia said that despite today's order, the loss of her son never gets easier.
Patrizia said that despite today’s order, the loss of her son never gets easier. (9 news)
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