Family members of those killed in a workplace tragedy at Norske Skog have joined a new group in a bid to improve job safety and support services.
The advisory group met for the first time this week as part of a SafeWork NSW push to give those impacted by workplace incidents a greater voice.
Gas leaked from a tank with multiple safety shortcomings identified.
Tom Johnson was also injured in the incident but made a recovery.
The district court heard from the pair's family members, who spoke of receiving the devastating news and the lasting impact their loss had caused.
Jacci Quinlivan, who lost her husband in the incident, said she was optimistic about what the group could achieve.
"There's a hell of a lot that can be changed," she said.
"Almost every area can be improved.
"I said in the early days I won't stop fighting.
"The emphasis is on change and supporting the people who need it the most."
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Ms Quinlivan has been pushing for the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws in NSW.
The new group, which has 13 members, has been created as a pilot program and will run for 12 months.
SafeWork NSW's Executive Director of Community Engagement, Andrew Gavrielatosm said the group would give feedback about support services.
"This group will advise the workplace regulator on the type of support and services required by those affected by workplace incidents, as well as advocate for increased workplace safety across all industries," he said.
"The inaugural meeting set the priorities of the group for the next 12 months and ensure their work agenda will align with the group's terms of reference, as well as manage the expectations and goals of the individual members.
"We have a good cross-section representation across industries and the community involved in this process, including Mark Ellis, who lost his right leg above the knee after an incident where he was run over by a forklift.
"We also have family members who lost loved ones in the 2018 Norse Skog incident, which just recently resulted in a recent $1 million prosecution.
"I admire the resolve of every single member of this group and appreciate the efforts they are making to improve our systems in order to help people."
Debrah Pascall, who lost her son Ben in the incident is also involved.
Noelene Bridge last her partner Davern Neall following the incident, and is also a part of the group.
Darren Flanagan, who played a key role in the 2006 Beaconsfield mine rescue, is also involved.
They will meet at least four times a year.