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Sean O'Connor

“Sadly, we have joined a club we never asked to, can never leave and will work tirelessly to ensure nobody else will ever join.”

In 2017 Sean’s sister, Kerryn O’Connor was electrocuted while handling an appliance that had a hidden failure. The pump was sold within Australia but did not meet electrical safety standards. Consumers could purchase this appliance, plug it in and it seemed fine, but after a period of time wires could come loose internally. This had potential to create a very dangerous situation for the consumer and sadly in Kerryn’s case it was fatal.

Sean has an electrical trade and a number of years’ experience in trade and engineering staff leadership in heavy industrial, transport and mining industries.

Sean’s passion is consumer protection. He also has years of experience ensuring workers are safe in a variety of complex environments and has practical insight into the challenges faced by workers simply going about doing their jobs.

Representing his parents, Jim and Robyn, Sean joined the committee after experiencing the devastating impact the loss of Kerryn had on his family. “I really wouldn’t wish our experience on anybody, but I figured while I’m here, I would work as hard as I can to prevent anyone else having to go through it.”

Last updated
09 September 2019

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