Last year a young Ben Catanzariti went to work as a concreter on a development construction site in Kingston only to be killed on the job when a 39 metre long concrete boom fell and hit into him. The young man didn’t stand a chance against the enormous boom and died on the scene, while 2 of his co-workers escaped with non-fatal injuries.
Sadly the young man was just 21 years old and had just begun his life and career in the construction sector. The incident sparked a public outcry about the safety (or lack thereof) on construction sites especially for inexperienced and young workers.
This excerpt from a post on CanberraTimes.com.au explains:
Workers were using a truck-mounted concrete boom pump to pour concrete at the Dockside apartment development when the pouring boom broke away from the truck and fell to the ground.
Ben, a concreter from Griffith, was hit by the 39-metre boom. He died at the scene; two fellow workers were injured.
“It was a waste of a life and a situation that should not have occurred,” Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said at a memorial gathering for Mr Catanzariti on Sunday.
Now one year after his tragic death, Ben Catanzariti is raising awareness about the importance of construction safety as well as another important cause – the need for young people to have a will.
A memorial has been erected on the young man’s behalf which will serve as a reminder to young people about the importance of having a will in place because you never know what life has in store and in the event of a young person’s death, their families grief is made worse when that young person doesn’t have a will.
The young man has now been remembered by a touching memorial which also has a practical purpose. A park bench built by a friend of the family, will be placed outside the apartment complex and will bear the young man’s name as well as an inscription encouraging visitors to remember Ben. The concrete at the memorial was laid by Ben’s co-workers.
The unveiling of the memorial will also signal the launch of a national campaign to encourage young people to make a will, as Ben Catanzariti’s death has highlighted is extremely important. The young man did not have a will which has resulted in legal difficulties for his family.
The post on Canberratimes.com.au goes on to explain:
A year to the day after Mr Catanzariti’s death, about 100 members of his family, friends and officials gathered at the Kingston foreshore site for the unveiling of a memorial to the hard-working young man and talented sportsman. A park bench has been placed outside the apartment complex, as well as a bubbler with an inscription encouraging visitors to take a drink and pause to remember him. The bench was built by a family friend and the bubbler installed by a friend, Dave.
The concrete at the memorial was laid by Mr Cantanzariti’s colleagues at Belconnen Concrete who were with him on the day of the accident.
“There was a lot of things that they were going to do together,” his mother Kay Catanzariti said. “I only wish he was here.”