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Date PostedFebruary 9, 2014

ACTU wants Tougher Workplace Safety Laws

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) sees the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program as an opportunity to ensure the safety of workers.

According to ACTU better work safety laws are needed in order to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

The Assistant Secretary of ACTU Michael Borowick recently said that the Royal Commission’s main focus should be to improve the safety of Australian workers.

Borowick also advised that the Royal Commission recommend the introduction of Industrial Manslaughter legislation and tougher penalties for employers that breach existing legislation. ACTU then called for increased resources to be made available to regulators.

Borowick explained that Industrial Manslaughter laws could change community attitudes around criminally reckless negligence at work and thereby reduce the number of workplace fatalities.

He also called for harsher penalties for employers who breach legislation and risk the safety of their employees. However he warned that regulators need more resources if they are to accomplish their role in ensuring that the strictest safety standards are adhered to.

Ultimately “meaningful reform” can be established by the Royal Commission and the opportunity to do so should not be wasted, he said.

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Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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