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The first prosecution under Queensland’s new industrial manslaughter laws this year is a reminder for organisations that due diligence should never be compromised. Following a worker’s death on site, the prosecuted business could face fines of up to $10 million, and its directors could face up to 20 years in prison.

The Queensland Government will also extend its industrial manslaughter law to cover the mining industry in response to mounting pressure from the public. Given the prevalence of contract labour in the resources sector, we may see future amendments that affect those further up the chain, i.e. the mining companies themselves.

If you engage contractors who are then found to breach the law, it could result in delays to your operations, negative public sentiments or even lost revenue.

Meanwhile, Victoria has also recently passed its workplace manslaughter legislation which imposes the highest fines nation-wide and covers death of members of the public as well. Who is to say other states and the Federal Government won’t follow suit?

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