The WA Greens are committed to protecting workers by utilising our parliament to constantly improve health and safety legislation.
On average one person every three days dies in our country from a work-related incident. This heartbreaking death toll is one of the reasons why the Greens want to introduce a manslaughter offence into the Criminal Code and to see greatly upgraded penalties where the Occupational Health and Safety Act is breached.
If our Bill is passed, managers could be sent to jail if they knowingly cut corners with safety and someone dies as a result.
The Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Bill 2010 introduces the offence of Industrial Manslaughter which would see senior managers imprisoned for up to 20 years and corporations fined up to $3m if an employee dies as a result of their negligence or recklessness. The Bill would amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Criminal Code.
Too many people are dying because of preventable accidents at work. International Workers’ Memorial Day services around the world need to serve as a reminder to WA, with our booming economy and labour-intensive mining industry, that we should be taking the lead globally to improve legislation aimed at reducing workplace deaths and injuries.
Project deadlines and profits should never be prioritised ahead of workers’ health and safety.
To see Alison's proposed amendment to the Bill please click here and scroll down to Occupational Safety and Health Amendment Bill 2010.
Click here for more information about Alison's work on occupational health and safety.
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