DYS Issue 60 - April 2018
Entry for SafeWork NSW Awards 2018 is open You can enter your organisation, a co-worker, or yourself for an award for committment to work health and safety. The entry process is easy and the entry period closes on 22 June. Winners will be announced on 25 October. Details are on SafeWork’s website - just copy/paste this link in your browser: www.safeworkawards.com.au/#12tybqHBRlT6ISOg.97
Bankstown Company Prosecuted and Fined $405,000A Bankstown company was fined $405,000 for not complying with the WHS Act. It failed to protect the health and safety of its workers. The tragic result was an apprentice was killed. For more details see SafeWork’s website by copy/pasting this link to your browser: http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/media-release/bankstown-builder-fined-$405,000-over-apprentice-fatality
Industrial Deaths Federal Government Inquiry The subject of industrial deaths continues to attract attention. In October 2017 the Queensland government added a new offence called industrial manslaughter to their WHS Act. You can see the details of that in the article that Courtenell published at that time on our website https://www.courtenell.com.au/workplace-health-and-safety/industrial_manslaughter-a_new_whs_offence.html
On 26 March 2018, the Senate commenced an Inquiry into Industrial Deaths in Australia. The inquiry is focussed on the framework surrounding the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia with particular reference to:
the effectiveness and extent of the harmonisation of workplace safety legislation between the states, territories and Commonwealth;
jurisdictional issues surrounding workplace investigations which cross state and territory boundaries;
issues relating to reporting, monitoring and chains of responsibility between states, territories and the Commonwealth;
safety implications relating to the increased use of temporary and labour hire workers;
the role of employers and unions in creating a safe-work culture;
the effectiveness of penalties in situations where an employer has been convicted of an offence relating to a serious accident or death;
and any other related matters.
The closing date for submissions to the Inquiry is 6 June 2018 and you can see how to make a submission at this link: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_and_Employment/IndustrialdeathsinAus
This publication provides general information about WHS. It is not a legal opinion and does not represent a comprehensive statement of the law to be applied to a particular problem.
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