Work­place safety in the spot­light

Daily Mercury - - NEWS | OPINION | YOUR SAY - — Cas Gar­vey

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.

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