Proposed workplace manslaughter laws aim to ensure workers’ safety

Employers whose negligence leads to a death of a worker will now face up to 20 years in jail under new proposed laws in Victoria.

According to recent data, up to 30 people die at work in Victoria every year.

“The penalty must be a strong enough deterrent to make employers take workplace safety seriously, and not rely on deep pockets to avoid accountability while cutting corners on safety,” a statement from the Andrews government reads.

Under the proposed new law, employers will face fines of almost $ 16 million. People whose negligence causes death will face up to 20 years in prison.

WorkSafe will be responsible for prosecuting negligent employers and will be given the powers and resources necessary to carry out justice.

An Implementation Taskforce will be established, which will include business and unions to consult on the detail of the proposed laws.

“It couldn’t be more simple: no one should die at work. These laws will help make sure that every Victorian makes it home to their loved ones,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

“Families who have lost a loved one at work deserve justice – and that means jail, not a slap on the wrist.”

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