Workplace death offence rejected

Panel of experts rejects idea of new industrial manslaughter charge under Crimes Act, wants existing health and safety laws strengthened to include jail time in New South Wales
||Last Updated: 08/23/2004

A panel set up by the Australian state of New South Wales has rejected the idea of a special industrial manslaughter offence for employers who cause the death of a worker, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The panel of experts was put together in late 2003 after a push by labour groups to bring in a new law under the Crimes Act.

But the four-member panel said a new law would be a backward step. Instead it’s urging the government to strengthen existing workplace safety laws, including creating a new offence with jail as the penalty for first-time offenders.