The girlfriend of an apprentice tradesman who died after falling through a shattered glass canopy has shared her heartbreaking final texts to him.
Jonnie Hartshorn, 23, fell more than 20 metres through a glass roof at a construction site at Perth's Curtin University on Tuesday, and was killed instantly.
Two other workers were also injured when the building collapsed, and the incident is currently being investigated by Australian authorities.
Kylie Bonita Galende posted a Facebook tribute to boyfriend Mr Hartshorn in which she expressed regret at not telling him she loved him before he died.
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"I'll miss you always making sure I knew that you felt like you were the lucky one to be with me, but I know how truly blessed and lucky I was to have had you in my life," she wrote.
"Last week, I told my best friend that I think I am in love with this guy, I almost told you. But I didn't, I chickened out. That's my only regret."
She also shared a screenshot of the text messages she sent Mr Hartshorn when she heard there'd been an accident at his workplace, not knowing he was already dead.
"You're at Perth uni aren't you? Not Bentley?" she frantically texted him.
"Please send me a quick message if you are ok."
Later, after learning he'd been injured but didn't know he'd died, she texted him: "I'm hoping and praying you are going to be ok… I should have just told you on the weekend how much I have fallen in love with you."
Mr Hartshorn's aunt joined her in posting a heartfelt tribute to "the most beautiful soul".
"Words can't describe the heartbreak and the pain I am feeling right now… it still doesn't feel real," she wrote on Facebook.
"I had so much love for you. You meant so much to me… I will never get over this."
One of the other workers at the university construction site said he was the last to see Mr Hartshorn alive.
"I saw the victim as he was falling," the anonymous man told the West Australian.
"I made eye contact with him. I couldn't do anything."
Construction workers' union state secretary Mick Buchan also told the newspaper he had been made aware of previous safety concerns about the site's structural steel.
"We are not going to leave any rock unturned to get to the outcome of what has happened," he said.
"It's 2020, these events should not occur in the building and construction industry.
"When you hear of a young worker that has died on the job who has just started his career in construction, what message does that send?
"It's an absolute disgrace and someone needs to be accountable and responsible for this."
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