Workplace safety in the spotlight
SPEAKING to Taylor Ing yesterday about losing her fiance at just 19 years old was, in a word, heartbreaking.
She has been through so much and she’s still so young; yet her willingness to reach out to others who have been affected by workplace accidents is so commendable.
As well as raising three little boys and managing a retail store, this young mother takes the time to make contact with other families suffering because of the effects of preventable workplace accidents.
The changes passed in State Government this week are the toughest changes yet, that will see Queensland workers better protected.
Higher penalties, meaning individuals found guilty of ‘industrial manslaughter’
As well as raising three little boys and managing a retail store, this young mother takes the time to make contact with other families suffering
could face 20 years jail and businesses liable for fines of up to $10 million.
While it’s too late for Michael McLoughlin and Jason Garrels, who died only a month apart in 2012, the legislation changes must be a small comfort to their families, knowing lives may well be saved in the future.
According to Safe Work Australia, with 49 deaths, Queensland again recorded the highest number of workplace fatalities of any state between January 2016 and April 2017. One fatality is too many.
This month is Work Safe Month, and it may well pay to use the time to ensure your workplace is as safe as it could be for your workers.
It may seem banal going through the process each month, but crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s may just be the difference between life and death.