No more loop­holes in work­place deaths

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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.”

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