When unsafe work practices kill a person, more than just one life is destroyed. Families are ripped apart. While they grieve, families watch helplessly as the courts order those responsible to pay a token fine. The fine is paid and the company returns to business as usual. Individuals who cut corners on safety and put lives at risk are never held to account.
We need Industrial Manslaughter laws.
Every life has value beyond dollars and cents. We need our laws to reflect that.
As long as senior managers can view workplace deaths as just a cost on a balance sheet, nothing will change. The law must say that it is a crime to negligently kill a worker - and apply criminal penalties for those responsible.
We’re going to make work safer for everyone in Victoria, and get justice for grieving families. Let’s get started!