Widow fulfills promise to dying husband

LONG-FOUGHT BATTLE: Toowoomba woman Marie Poxon’s three-year fight for answers into her husband Simon’s (pictured) workplace death will today come to an end as a Brisbane coroner releases his findings.
LONG-FOUGHT BATTLE: Toowoomba woman Marie Poxon’s three-year fight for answers into her husband Simon’s (pictured) workplace death will today come to an end as a Brisbane coroner releases his findings. Kevin Farmer

AS Simon Poxon lay fatally injured in Toowoomba Hospital the afternoon of February 26, 2013, his distraught wife Marie made him a promise.

Despite a gruelling three-year battle for answers, Mrs Poxon never wavered from that vow and today, as the coronial inquest findings into how her husband died were handed down, she fulfilled that promise.

"We have campaigned for years; we've been passionate in ensuring he is remembered and that changes be made to workplaces that deal with heavy vehicles," Mrs Poxon said in a prepared statement after the emotional hearing this afternoon.

"I don't want what happened to Simon to happen to any other family.

THE RULING: Coroner hands down findings into Simon Poxon's death

"Simon was too young to leave this world - I miss him every day and still call the house phone to hear his voicemail message.

"No-one should have to go through this and Simon would want to know that this will never happen again."

Mrs Poxon said Simon had been "incredibly proactive when it came to implementing safe work practices" and prided himself on all aspects of safety in both his own business and those for which he worked.

"He was gentle and caring, resilient and positive, despite facing a lot of hardships throughout his life," Mrs Poxon said.

"He believed that no one should go to bed angry.

"Simon would have been cross with what happened to him.

"As a small business owner and truck operator, he prided himself on always checking the vehicle's load and to see if anything was behind the truck before reversing.

"He always made sure his employees did the same and reprimanded them if he saw any lapses in awareness."

Mrs Poxon, who had drawn support from close friends and family including "Kim Worsley, Glyn Taylor, (Simon's brother) Michael, mum and stepdad", called for the recommendations handed down by Deputy State Coroner John Lock to be implemented.

"(Simon) would want to stipulate that everyone needs training if they intend to operate heavy vehicles," Mrs Poxon said.

"That's something we need to see happen actively from workplaces.

"If the company's intention is to have employees using trucks and heavy earth-moving vehicles, proper training and licenses should be administered to prevent any injury in the workplace.

"Importantly, we would be very happy to see Workplace Health and Safety perform yearly checks that these companies are committed to safe practices.

Shine Lawyers national legal partner Lisa Flynn said workplaces should be "safe environments where good work practices are adhered to".

"The loss of Simon has irrevocably changed the lives of his family, friends and their support networks," she said.

"Simon was undertaking safety induction training at the time of the accident and it's incredibly tragic that those sentiments weren't echoed across the workplace on the day of his death.

"Constant vigilance is paramount where safety is concerned.

"The team at Shine Lawyers are grateful to the inquest for shedding light on the devastation of Simon's death and providing recommendations to help ensure that no other life is lost to these circumstances."

Topics:  coroner simon poxon toowoomba

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