Forklift service and forklift maintenance is so important in today’s world. Workplace manslaughter is now a jailable offence. It’s time for you to get peace of mind that you are protected.
On July 1 2020, a new criminal offence of workplace manslaughter was introduced into occupational health and safety laws.
The offence applies to negligent conduct by an employer or other duty holders. It also applies to an officer of an organisation, which breaches certain duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act). That is, if it causes the death of another person who was owed the duty.
The workplace manslaughter provision does not operate retrospectively. This means that only a death that occurs after 1 July 2020 will be considered.
The new law aims to prevent workplace death, provide a stronger deterrent for duty holders to comply with their occupational health and safety obligations. Also, to send a strong message that putting people’s lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated.
This change does not create additional duties. Instead, they introduce tougher penalties on already existing duties under the OHS Act. Just as the law currently provides: employers and duty-holders should stop to think about the risks involved in the conduct of their business. Also, then look at what steps can be taken to mitigate those risks.
If you are already complying with your OHS duties, you are doing the right thing. And if you don’t comply, the consequences for not thinking about workplace risk can be much more severe.
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