Tributes flow for teen tradie fatally struck on the head at work

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The grieving father of a young man killed in a freak workplace accident has consoled his son's heartbroken mates, telling them he would want “laughs” not “tears”.

Nathaniel Good, 19, died after he was struck on the head at a residential building site in Perth’s south on Monday morning.

A photo of Nathaniel Good, 19, who died after he was struck on the head at a residential building site in Perth’s south on Monday morning. Source: Facebook
Nathaniel Good, 19, died while working on a residential building site in Perth's southern suburbs. Source: Facebook

Colleagues watched in horror as he was hit by a falling panel door to a pop-up display, which was made of heavy steel and wood.

Despite frantic efforts to save the young tradie, he was pronounced dead at the North Coogee construction site.

WorkSade WA has launched an extensive investigation into the tragedy.

Emergency services at the site on Reinforcement Parade in North Coogee following the accident. Source: ABC
Worksafe inspectors are expected to be on the scene for several days. Source: ABC

Fallen tradie honoured with touching tributes

Close to 100 friends gathered in High Wycombe on Monday night to mourn the loss of Nathaniel, who was an avid car enthusiast. They then drove in a memorial convoy to the worksite where he lost his life.

His father, Gerrin Good, said he was “blown away” by the turnout.

“I want to thank every single person that showed up tonight to pay respect to Nat,” he posted on social media.

“I'm so proud that he touched the life's and hearts of everyone he met.”

Mr Good then offered some words of comfort, as he himself tries to come to terms with the sudden death of his son.

Friends console one another at the site of the accident in North Coogee on Monday. Source: 7NEWS
Friends laid flowers at the construction site on Monday afternoon. Source: 7NEWS

“Nat wouldn't want tears he would want laughs, Beers and skids.”

In a previous post, Mr Good remembered his son as a “bright soul that made everyone happy”.

“We didn't get along like father and son. We were more than that,” he wrote.

Others described the 19-year-old as a “beautiful soul” who was “taken too soon”.

“Rest well you beautiful man. See you on the other side,” a close mate posted.

Another father wrote: “My son is devastated hearing the news of his mate passing away. He said he always had a big smile and one hell of a sick mullet and loved the car cruises.”

“RIP Big fella, party hard up there,” one friend wrote.

“Here’s to you Nath, cheers brother.”

A photo of Nathaniel Good, 19, who died after he was struck on the head at a residential building site in Perth’s south on Monday morning. Source: Facebook
Nathaniel Good, 19, is being remembered as a "bright soul". Source: Facebook

Party bus fundraiser launched to remember Nat

His father Mr Good also revealed Nat was building a skid car, dubbed the party bus, when he died.

“Nat loved cars, I know cause he killed most of mine...I’m going to finish the party bus for him,” he declared.

Friends have set-up a fundraiser to make Nat’s “dream come true” by covering the cost of the car as well as contributing to his funeral.

“Dig in fells, we know how many people loved the little legend,” the GoFund me page reads.

So far, almost $5,000 has been raised.

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