Michael Garrels asked to help give "a voice to families"

A FATHER, who has been a driving force for state-wide reform since his son's preventable workplace death, has been appointed to help lead a Victims' Families' Forum.

Michael Garrels transformed his grief into a relentless push for legislative change to make worksites safer and a system more transparent after his son Jason Garrels was fatally electrocuted at a Clermont worksite in 2012.

TALKING TO MR GARRELS >> "I don't want Jason's death, that was so easily avoidable, to be for nothing."

Today, Treasurer Curtis Pitt will announce Mr Garrels has been asked to help give "a voice to families who have suffered the agony of a workplace death".

The forum, which is the brainchild of Mr Garrels, is the first of its kind and will be held on June 2 this year.

It will look at the existing government consultative response mechanisms and support structures for families and workers and research into the needs of families and workers impacts by workplace fatality and injury.

Michael and Lee Garrels outside the Mackay Court house during the inquest into their son Jason Garrels' death.
Michael and Lee Garrels outside the Mackay Court house during the inquest into their son Jason Garrels' death. Lee Constable

The first task will be to set up a consultative committee to provide ongoing support for workers and their families and to be an outlet for their concerns.

Mr Garrels said it was a "gutsy move" by Mr Pitt to support such a landmark and important initiative.



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