Mission and vision
WHAT WE DO
Since Christopher Cassaniti’s tragic loss due to a jobsite scaffold collapse in Sydney, his mother Patrizia has been on a mission to get infront of as many workers as possible to share her story of the loss, the grief and the plea for change in the culture of the industry. Starting with shifting complacency in every worker and giving them the courage to speak up when they feel they are in danger or see unsafe work practices, without being victimised or have fear of losing their job.
Patrizia is not only there as a motivational speaker but a as mum who wants to resonate with workers on a personal level and inspire them to always work safe so that they can go home safe to their families every day.
The Impact Patrizia Brings to Your Workplace!
For more info on how to have Patrizia come to your workplace please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What our clients say about us
Hi Patrizia I was one of the workers at depto today. Thank you for sharing your story, quite a few of the workers spoke between us about how much the presentation affected then and how it made them think about what they are doing day to day and what they need to be thinking about when going to work each day. Thanks again, it definantly had an affect on our workgroup.
Thank you so much for coming. Yourself and Rob are the most amazing and beautiful people. Taking the time to talk to all of the guys personally and individually. Your amazing bravery has touched each and every one of our workers on site. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Laing O’Rourke Central Station
Your talk was very powerful and I’ve noticed a difference in culture on our job since. The work crew were very engaged in your story. An unbelievably tough journey, no doubt, but if it can make a difference in the industry, Christopher’s loss will not be in total vein. It must take a lot of courage to do what you do and your son would be extremely proud of you.
General Foreman Acciona
Dear Patrizia, I just watched you speak this morning and I think you are so amazing and brave and with positively impact so many lives and make an incredible and positive impact. Thank you so much. I wanted to say this in person though wouldn't be able to get the words out without crying. Sending you so much thanks and lov, Skye!
SKYE Attendee Safety in Action Expo 2019
Thank you for your time and presentation at the Wyong Hospital last week. While your story is very sad and confronting, our team relayed that it had opened their eyes to a wider range of hazards that exist on sites and to not walk past any issues along the way. I wish you the best in your future quest to raise awareness through the industry!
2nd degree connection 2nd Operations - Project Manager
I attended this and what a strong and powerful presentation! Something all trade should see. Thank you for sharing.
Site manager and Foreman
Patrizia Cassaniti, you are an amazing woman. I thank you very much for a very heartfelt delivery of what can and does happen in the workplace, the emotion was overwhelming for myself and many others, but you hit the mark that made myself and others in the team think about their actions within the workplace . I thank you with all my heart. Love and respect to you Patrizia .
Heavy Lift Crane Consultant
Patrizia, Thank you for sharing your story today, it was one f the most emotional days I have experienced in my working life, you are a gift to many.
Health and Safety Manager at Acciona – Coleman
Patrizia’s presentation is deeply moving and the strength and courage she shows in sharing this presentation is remarkable. We thank her for taking the time to visit us here in Queensland and support her in her mission to raise awareness for safe work practices.
Executive Officer - Scaffold Association Queensland
One of the strongest woman I’ve come across. I’ve fought a lot of people in my lifetime in the ring, but Patrizia is a real fighter, what she does and is doing is amazing.
Operations Manager at Auswide Corp
You are doing such an amazing job Patrizia. I saw one of your presentations a couple of years back thanks to ADCO Constructions and can still remember it like it was yesterday. My hard hat from the day is now out of use, but I've still got it in my office with the Touched by Christopher sticker as a reminder to just take a moment and think about safety. Keep up the great work!
Services Coordinator - Mechanical at A W Ed
Here is Patrizia, a strong and passionate mother on a mission to ensure that every worker in Australia goes home safe from work. Thank you for sharing. Education on the matter of safety is paramount. We value and appreciate your time Patrizia, in making us more aware of mitigating risk in the workplace.
Below are testimonial from workers who have heard Patrizia’s Story
This was one of the most moving safety talks I've ever been to, and I was barely holding it together as we watched the videos.
This was the best speaker I have ever seen. I was crying wholeheartedly because of the impact the message had.
I was personally touched by the situation she was found in, it has a profound impact on the way I deal with safety on site. I always regard safety highly, but now it is always at the forefront of my mind above productivity.
As having a son myself, Patrizia’s presentation has completely touched my heart. I am amazed at how powerful her message has come across and will never forget her and her families story. Holding back tears the entire time.
An incredible story, very impactful and eye opening.
What a strong Woman to be able to stand up in front of people and talk about her Son and play those videos, truly remarkable.
I remember watching the news story on TV at the time and thought, that’s terrible. Now that I have met the Mother of the person involved it has made it hit home. I really think Patrizia is amazingly strong to be able to do what she is doing.
It made me reflect on my own family and how we do things that we know are not right but we get away with them. It has made me take stock of what’s important and think about what I’m doing, what the risk is and what I can do to help other people.
The presentation, the videos and Patrizia’s passion made me realize what complacency can cause.
The message hit home, inspiring Woman, strong and passionate, what a special person to share her story to drive change.
Tragedy of Christopher Cassaniti
HOW IT STARTED
At 12.15pm on Monday the 1st of April 2019, a scaffold collapsed on a jobsite in Macquarie Park and tragically crushed and killed 18 year old Christopher Cassaniti.
Christopher had only just celebrated his 18th Birthday with family and friends on the Saturday. He had just purchased his first car and picked it up on the Friday before. He was a young man with dreams and goals that were never fulfilled. His death shook the family and the industry to its core and left a legacy behind, so since his death, his mother Patrizia Cassaniti has turned her anger to something positive and has been advocating safety in his honour with a mission to make sure that no Australian worker should ever go to work and die.
She has been making the rounds on the media and sharing her story about ‘WHAT TRAGEDY LOOKS LIKE and what happens when complacency overrides what we know is Safe to do in the first place and disaster hits.
The Touched by Christopher Foundation
The Touched by Christopher Foundation was launched a few months after Christopher Cassaniti was tragically killed in a scaffold collapse, 4 days after his 18th Birthday. Patrizia and Robert Cassaniti were overwhelmed by the support they received from family, friends and total strangers bringing food and groceries to their homes, so they decided to give back.
The foundation raises money to help families who have lost a loved one at a work place. We provide the families with 3 months’ worth of groceries and pay for any outstanding utility bills, so that the family can grieve without the everyday burden. Unfortunately bills do not stop when someone dies and most of the time, the person who dies is the bread winner.
Our Goal for the Touched by Christopher Foundation is to extend the constitution to cover any workplace death nationally, plus add 3 months’ worth of mortgage or rent. With an average of about 15 workers dying per month, the foundation would need $2.5 million a year in the bank account just to facilitate it.
So your help and contribution to this cause is very much appreciated. Please visit the Touched by Christopher Foundation website for more info.
With so much great infrastructure and construction going on in and around in Australia, we all need to work together to ensure our Sons, Daughters, Brothers and Sisters have great protection and safety in place at work, so that they can go home to their families.
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