Queensland companies should be mindful of tough new industrial manslaughter laws which recently passed in parliament to protect workers in the state.
Under the law, negligent employers face severe penalties for workplace fatalities including 20 years imprisonment and corporate offenders are liable for fines of up to $10 million.
One company that is facing the tough new punishments is a waste recycling facility in Yatala.
The company and its director face charges over the incident that led to the death of a worker in November 2015.
The director is facing a category 1 offence involving reckless conduct which could see him receive a maximum 5 year prison term or a fine of $600,000. The company is facing possible fines of up to $3 million.
The incident occurred when a worker was using a heat gun near a tanker with water and petrol being unloaded. He died after catching alight. Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/10/company-director-queensland-charged-workers-death/#.WgiOM4i1u01
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