Stop the carnage – kill a worker, go to jail

Stop the carnage – kill a worker, go to jail


Bosses of companies where workers die on
the job would spend time in jail and face millions of dollars in fines under
a plan being pushed by Victoria’s Trades Hall. Unions are set to make industrial
manslaughter a key demand on the Labor state government as the election
approaches here’s state political reporter Richard Willingham. These boots outside
Trades Hall represent workers killed on the job already nine people have lost
their lives at work this year in Victoria. It’s just a tragedy that
someone so young was cut so short Dave Brownlee’s son Jack was killed in a
trench collapse near Ballarat in March. Jack was king of the jungle, that’s the
way he was remembered the king of the jungle, junkyard dog and he lived his
life as best he could. That tragedy also claimed a life of Lana Cormie’s husband
Charlie Howkins. Both want the law changed so bosses can face jail for
workplace deaths. Employers need to have motivation to do the right thing because
clearly they don’t do it off their own back. If this will be the difference
between them making OHS a high priority and not, then it needs
to be done. Victorian unions want the state to follow the lead of the United
Kingdom and Queensland and introduce Industrial and corporate manslaughter
laws. We’ve had enough. Fundamentally the union movement has had enough. They say
the current system of fines for companies for workplace deaths are
inadequate with one tree lopping company fined just one hundred and fifty thousand
dollars after a young man died at work. The real problem we have is that companies
are not taking this seriously enough, the fines are not strong enough for them to
take action. When the cost of fixing the safety problem is more expensive than
the fine itself, there is no message to companies to keep these workers safe. Too many workers are being killed and I think as a deterrent more than anything
and I think if you bring people to account for their actions I think we’re
gonna stop the carnage. Laws introduced to Queensland last year include up to 20
years imprisonment for an individual and a maximum fine of 10 million dollars for
a corporate offender. With the state election in six months time the union
movement here at Trades Hall will make industrial manslaughter top of its
campaign wish list and will pressure the Labor government to make the laws a
reality. I can’t give a commentary on something that’ll go before the cabinet
but it is a very serious issue and we’re certainly very committed to
occupational health and safety ensuring workers return home safely. The coalition says it is happy with the
current laws, but for many workers the laws can’t come soon enough.
Richard Willingham ABC News Melbourne

One thought on “Stop the carnage – kill a worker, go to jail

  • It actually goes to show how uncivilised we really are…
    The year is 2018 and this is yet to already be an official workplace law…
    There must be accountability and punishment for inappropriate workplaces when a preventable or avoidable death occurs onsite without question… Imprisonment of people responsible (namely employers) must be the consequence for any worker not making it home to their families…
    Hope the government addresses this issue as soon as possible… The sooner the better… In order to prevent further lives being lost… How many more people need to die at work before real action is actually taken…

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