Vic introduces industrial manslaughter offence

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Vic introduces industrial manslaughter offence

New laws making industrial manslaughter a criminal offence have been introduced in the Victorian Parliament.

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New laws making industrial manslaughter a criminal offence have been introduced in the Victorian Parliament.

As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 19 people having already lost their lives so far in 2019. 

Under the proposed new laws, employers who negligently cause a workplace death will face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals will face up to 20 years in jail. 

The offence will fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and will apply to employers, self-employed people and ‘officers’ of the employers.   

The legislation will also apply when an employer’s negligent conduct causes the death of a member of the public.
   
WorkSafe Victoria will investigate the new offence using their powers under the OHS Act to ensure employers can be prosecuted.
 
Earlier this year, the government announced a Workplace Manslaughter Implementation Taskforce to help develop the new laws. Led by Parliamentary Secretary for Workplace Safety Natalie Hutchins, the taskforce included members and representatives from business, unions, industry and victims’ families. 

The taskforce was supported by a Families’ Reference Group, which was made up of a number of families who have been impacted by a workplace death. 
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