ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Amanda Golding holds a photo of her late fiance Bryson Mayne, who died in a workplace accident in 2014.
ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Amanda Golding holds a photo of her late fiance Bryson Mayne, who died in a workplace accident in 2014. Emily Smith

'He can't die, he hasn't met his child yet': Wife pleads

BRYSON Mayne missed out on seeing his daughter for the first time by one day.

He died in a cross-loading accident at Gracemere sale yards in August 2014, the day before his fiancee Amanda Golding's first ultrasound appointment with their second child.

At that stage the couple hadn't even broken the news to their parents.

But Amanda, who has since moved back to Mackay, said Bryson remains a "very all-the-time-discussed person" in their house. And thanks to the photographs that line most walls of their new home, both children know the face of their truck-driver dad.

Today is International Workers Memorial Day and Amanda hopes her story might encourage others to reflect on the safety of their own workplace.

Bryson had been cross-loading cattle from one truck to another when he had his accident.

As he was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital, Amanda and their son Wyatt (then 18 months) flew to Brisbane where Bryson was due to be sent. It wasn't until she was there that a doctor called to say Bryson's head injuries were too severe for him to be transported.

"When they told me at about 7 o'clock that he was going to die, I just burst into tears and said 'He can't because he hasn't met his child yet'," Amanda said.

"That was basically me telling his parents that we were pregnant."

No more planes were flying back to Rockhampton that night and they had to drive.

They didn't make it in time. "We missed him by an hour," Amanda said.

"We got to lay with him. We got to give him our last cuddles."

The result of an inquiry into the accident is still pending. The inquiry is believed to have been finalised in March but the result has not yet been released to lawyers.

However, as Amanda said, nothing that could come from the inquiry would bring Bryson back.

Her objective is to encourage workers and employers to think about safety by drawing attention to International Workers Memorial Day.

"The more publicity about the day, the more people stop and think about being safe at work," she said.



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