Date: 26 May 2018
Source: Premier of Victoria
Employers whose negligence leads to the death of an employee will face up to 20 years in jail under tough new laws to be introduced by a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.
Up to 30 people are killed at work in Victoria every year – this is 30 deaths too many.
The penalty must be a strong enough deterrent to make employers take workplace safety seriously, and not rely on deep pockets to avoid accountability while cutting corners on safety.
That’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will create a new criminal offence of workplace manslaughter in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.