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July 31, 2019
Ballarat Families of Fallen Workers Call for Industrial Manslaughter Laws
The families of the 2 workers who died in a trench collapse in Delacombe last year have called for the introduction of uniform industrial manslaughter laws across the nation, in order to promote workplace health and safety.
An independent review of national workplace safety laws this year made the recommendation in order to hold employers liable for gross negligence of workers.
The review was led by Marie Boland, the former excutive director of SafeWork South Australia. She said the new offence was necessary to address concerns and limitations in current criminal manslaughter laws.
At the moment existing laws permit a corporation to be charged with the crime of negligent manslaughter however most lawyers have managed to identify obstacles to getting a conviction. Prosecutors have to identify a grossly negligent individual who embodies the company and whose conduct can be attributed to the corporation.
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