Industrial manslaughter

  • Review of industrial laws across Australia – are workers who die on worksites better protected?

    6th Jun 2024

    Workplace deaths continue to occur despite most states having industrial manslaughter laws in place. Earlier this year the Victorian Supreme Court convicted a stonemasonry company for engaging in negligent conduct constituting a breach of duty that caused death, fining them $1.3 million. Yasmine Chalvatzis asks if workers are really safer when prosecutions and convictions are so rare?

  • Industrial manslaughter laws needed to set workplace safety expectations

    21st Oct 2020

    Tougher industrial manslaughter laws are needed in Tasmania says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) supporting Labor’s push to permit the prosecution of companies for a death in the workplace.

  • Law reform: Protecting the safety of Queensland mining workers

    6th Feb 2020

    It is clear from a recent spate of deaths of mining workers that the resources industry has a long way to go to ensure its workers stay safe. The nature of the operations and sheer scale of the mining machinery used mean that when injuries occur in this sector, they are often very serious, and too often result in death where safe work practices have not been followed. Jason Monro supports moves by the Queensland government to extend the operation of industrial manslaughter laws introduced in 2017 to the resources sector. 

  • National industrial manslaughter legislation would save lives

    17th Oct 2019

    Jasmina Mackovic repeats calls for a national approach to industrial manslaughter laws following the recent tragic death of a worker in Sydney’s Port Botany, pointing to the lack of consistency across jurisdictions and the NSW government's unwillingness to introduce its industrial manslaughter laws in NSW.