Qld passes industrial manslaughter laws

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Qld passes industrial manslaughter laws

The Queensland Parliament has passed expanded industrial manslaughter laws.

The Queensland Parliament has passed expanded industrial manslaughter laws.

The new laws will create a criminal offence where negligence contributes to the death of a mineworker, and bring mining into line with other industries where individual executives and managers face jail time.
 
CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland President Stephen Smyth said a string of serious incidents in the mining sector over recent years showed that stronger penalties were needed to ensure mine operators provided a safe working environment for their employees.
 
The new laws also require statutory positions in mines to be employed by mining companies, rather than employed as contractors.
 
The critical roles of deputy and open cut examiner must be directly employed and focus on safety, rather than production.
 


 
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