A HEARTBROKEN mother has launched a civil lawsuit after her disabled son was crushed beneath almost a tonne of timber in a horrendous WA factory accident.
Denise Craig, 44, is seeking damages after the 2008 death of Jaden Paul Smith, 17.
The profoundly deaf pre-apprentice was only six weeks into his first job.
The District Court writ comes just weeks after cabinetmaker Quadtilla was fined $250,000 in Perth Magistrates Court over the accident, in which Jaden was buried under a stack of wooden sheets.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace that subsequently led to the death on an employee.
Jaden was supplied by Bunbury-based labour hire outfit the Apprentice and Traineeship Company to work at Quadtilla’s Wangara premises, in Perth’s north.
Ms Craig broke her silence in the hope her action against Quadtilla and the Apprentice and Traineeship Company would raise awareness and lead to safer workplaces.
“This is not about money this is about preventing accidents that should never happen,” Ms Craig, who lives in Perth’s northern suburbs, said.
“The main reason we are doing this is to stop other families going through the pain that we have had to suffer, particularly when the system is set up to encourage apprentices to take up trades.
“This is my legacy to my son.”
Ms Craig, a single mother, has one other son, Kyle, 24, also profoundly deaf.
She said Jaden’s death had impacted badly on his older brother and “ripped the family apart”.
“My father went to pick Jaden up from work only to have to endure the horror of identifying his body,” she said.
“He still cannot talk to anyone about the experience but his health has suffered as a consequence.”
The Apprentice and Traineeship Company and Quadtilla declined to comment.