Michelle Rath offers workplaces something different!

When a worker gets hurt or killed doing their job the immediate focus is on the person that it happens to!

Have you ever thought about that person’s family or friends?

Alex is Michelle’s youngest son, he was working as a refrigeration & air conditioning apprentice when he was killed in a workplace accident.

Michelle Rath explains that the worst days are days when Alex SHOULD be there, birthdays, family times.

“January is a month I fear. Knowing we celebrate his birthday on the 16th and he is not here for me to hug. January 19th is the day we lost Alex & our world changed. Everybody respects just how hard this is for me as this used to be my birthday as well…Not any more! January 29th is the day we farewelled Alex so another day we struggle through!…..”

“January is just soul destroying & devastating….”

Then there are the “Triggers” that make you think of how much you miss them, like a favourite song or piece of music or you see a car like the one they used to drive!



Loss in the Workplace –
Alex’s Story

Michelle wants employees & employers to know what it is like to lose a loved one because of an accident at work. If we are aware of the impact then maybe we can think a bit more about how we can stop people from getting hurt or killed while doing their job.

No one should have to go through what our family has to now live with. Alex will always be a part of our lives but we are left wondering about those tomorrows that will now never come…

The painful truth is that he is no longer here and life for us has changed forever.

If you would like to hear how an accident at work can impact on other people invite Michelle to share her story with your workplace.

Read more about Michelle’s presentation ‘Loss in the Workplace – Alex’s Story’ HERE



I personally thought Michelle and Robs message was very touching and the importance of workplace safety is so important.


This is the 2nd time that Michelle has spoken to one of our workgroups. Michelle’s message is so important to our teams as they work with energised sources every day. Michelle’s message reiterates the importance of following company procedures at all times.

Luke Snell

WHS Manager


Michelle’s story was real and it showed in her emotions. The message that was conveyed was relevant and emotional. The message will remain with the people for years to come.


We would like to thank Michelle for her continued courage in helping prevent serious and fatal accidents from happening in all worksites that she visits. Her story engages everyone that will listen and forces them to realise that SAFETY is paramount in all workplaces.

Ronald Castelo

EHS Specialist