Industrial Manslaughter Laws Now

Every worker deserves to go home safely.

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19 May 2024

Industrial Manslaughter Laws Now

Every worker deserves to go home safely

Currently, NSW employers who expose their workers to the risk of death through what is defined as gross negligence or recklessness may face a maximum of five years in jail and fines of up to $3.7 million from a Category 1 offence. In 2021, the Labor opposition introduced a bill to create an offence of industrial manslaughter which passed the Legislative Council but lapsed in the legislative assembly.

Since the bill lapsed there have been roughly 125 workplace deaths.

  • There were 51 workplace deaths in NSW in 2022. Occupations with the highest number of deaths were road and rail drivers, farmers and farm managers, and other laborers.
  • NSW had the highest number of workplace deaths in Australia in 2022.

Although NSW had the lowest rates (1.2 per 100,000 workers), it could be because of how densely populated NSW is (8.4 million).

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