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Workplace manslaughter

May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken up most of our attention recently. It is important however to remember that the Victorian workplace manslaughter offence is due to commence on 1 July 2020.

WorkSafe Victoria has information about the new offence at this website.

The introduction of this offence makes the consequences of a workplace death caused by an employer or contractor’s criminal negligence much more serious.  The existing Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws however already make such conduct an offence.  Therefore businesses that already have proper safety systems in place are better placed to manage this new business risk.

If you need further information about safety systems and OHS compliance don’t hesitate to contact HIA on 1300 650 620.