Man, 35, killed in forklift accident was expecting first child

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A Brisbane man who died in a forklift accident in Central Queensland over the weekend was expecting his first child with his fiancée.

Joe Williams, a fly in-fly out worker, was at his job as a manager for a fire suppression business on Saturday when a forklift rolled and trapped his foot, The Chronicle reports.

Despite the efforts of paramedics the 35-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

His fiancée Casey Watters who he met at a pub after a Broncos game four years ago, is 38 weeks pregnant.

She has spoken about her heartbreak over her “wonderful” partner’s death and says it still hasn’t sunk in.

Joe Williams and Casey Watters
Joe Williams and Casey Watters were expecting their first child. Source: GoFundMe

“I have gone from having the most loving, wonderful partner, expecting our first child, and preparing to get married, and now that’s all gone,” she said.

“I feel like my whole world has been taken from me.

“I think it is very unfair that a dad doesn’t get to meet his daughter and I just don’t understand it, and I don’t think I ever will.”

Ms Watters told the Chronicle Mr Williams was so excited to be a dad and had been “telling everyone” — even strangers on the phone.

She said she’s still expecting her fiance to text her every morning, as he always did when he was away.

Joe Williams is pictured.
Mr Williams, a fly-in fly-out worker, was at his job as a manager for a fire suppression business on Saturday when a forklift rolled and trapped his foot. Source: GoFundMe

She said she was surrounded by loved ones and was grateful for all messages of support.

Two GoFundMe pages have been created by friends to support Ms Watters and the couple’s baby.

“We would like to do anything we can to support his partner Casey and their soon-to-be-born baby,” one page reads.

“We all have fond memories of Joe. Joe was great to be around, always cracking a joke and there if you needed a chat and not afraid of getting his hands dirty.

“Any donation great or small will go along way in supporting them.”

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