Travels from: New South Wales
Director and Founder of the Touched By Christopher Foundation
Categories: Inspirational, Motivational Speakers
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Patrizia is an International award-winning work health and safety advocate with a compelling and confronting life story. In 2021, she won the Gold Stevie award as Maverick of the year, which recognizes the achievements of female individuals who have affected positive change on their companies and/or industries.
She shares the crucial lessons everyone in construction, manufacturing and engineering need to hear to shift out complacency and create a safe working environment for themselves and all their work mates.
Her devastating story is of a tragedy that was never an accident, but an incident waiting to happen, all because of complacency that took her 18-year-old son’s life.
Be prepared for an emotional and inspiring journey with this powerful and potentially life-saving session where the usual ‘she’ll be right mate’ or 'it won’t happen to me’ situation will make you evaluate your daily work practises and make your family the reason why you work safe every day.
She has had extensive coverage on the media, 60 minutes and Morning shows and has helped develop an App together with SafeWork NSW, that allows workers to speak up anonymously. Her safety advocacy leads her to reign new laws in her son’s honour, by bringing tougher penalties and greater consequences for unsafe work practices. Her foundation helps families financially, so that they can grieve without the everyday burden.
Thank you for your time and presentation at the Wyong Hospital last week. While your story is very sad and confronting, our team relayed that it had opened their eyes to a wider range of hazards that exist on sites and to not walk past any issues along the way. I wish you the best in your future quest to raise awareness through the industry, cheers Col
It is an honor to provide a testimonial for Patrizia and the work of her foundation. I have worked in the OHS industry for over 25 years in senior safety leadership roles and never come across anyone as dedicated, passionate and impactful as Patrizia. Despite suffering the terrible loss of her much loved son in a tragic workplace incident, she has somehow found the strength and courage to stand up in front of strangers on a daily basis and share her deeply personal story in the hope of preventing anyone experiencing the same unimaginable loss. I have heard Patrizia speak on many occasions at our various work locations and she has single handedly changed our workplace safety culture for the better. She speaks from the heart, from the perspective of a grief-stricken mother with a clear message about safety complacency. I encourage any organization committed to safety excellence and the prevention of harm to workers to engage with Patrizia and support the work of her foundation. She is a force for change and by far the most impressive safety presenter and advocate I have come across.
Ozlem Mazzetti Head of Safety, Cox Automotive Australia and New Zealand
As a small business owner in the construction field, you constantly worry about every single aspect of your operation and ride all the waves in what can definitely be an emotional rollercoaster! For the better part, most of us can tend to believe that we are in control and that the things we can’t control or believe we can’t, we just tend not to think about them as a major accident or safety breach! Sure we all know about safety, WH&S, PPE etc, but we can all be resigned to just hoping that it won’t happen to us. For this very reason when I came across Mrs Patrizia Cassaniti’s work as an educator and warrior in safety, I knew that if there ever was going to be a message heard it would be hers, and up to date I have already seen a massive difference in attitude towards all things safety within our team. Not that our team were reckless or misinformed before, however the platform she served definitely struck a nerve and my team and customers are already better for it. I would strongly encourage any business of any size to be a part of her movement in pursuing a safer workplace for all.
Patrizia Cassaniti, you are an amazing woman. I thank you very much for a very heartfelt delivery of what can and does happen in the workplace, the emotion was overwhelming for myself and many others, but you hit the mark that made myself and others in the team think about their actions within the workplace I thank you with all my heart. Love and respect to you Patrizia .
Heavy Lift Crane Consultant