No more loopholes in workplace deaths
TOUGH new industrial manslaughter laws aimed at protecting Queensland workers on the job have been passed in State Parliament.
Individuals found guilty of industrial manslaughter could face 20 years imprisonment, with corporate offenders liable for fines of up to $10 million.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the new laws would leave negligent employers culpable in workplace deaths with nowhere to hide.
“Negligent employers culpable in workplace fatalities in Queensland will face severe penalties for the new offence of industrial manslaughter,” she said.
“These penalties send out a strong message to all employers that negligence causing death won’t be tolerated under any circumstances. Because of increasingly elaborate corporate structures, up until now it’s been difficult to prosecute some employers for manslaughter.
“But these new laws will hold all employers – regardless of their size or structure – accountable for negligence contributing to a worker’s death.
Michael Garrels, whose son Jason, also 20, died in a preventable workplace accident in Clermont in 2012, just a month before Michael McLoughlin, said it was great to see the government implement a crucial preventative measure to protect Queenslanders in the workplace.
“I believe these laws will definitely save lives and that if they’d been in place at the time they would have made a difference in my son Jason’s case,” Mr Garrels said. “The only people with anything to be afraid of are those that are doing the wrong thing.”