Duty holders that engage in reckless conduct during the manufacture, transport or storage of dangerous goods could be fined $6.4 million or jailed for 10 years, under new Victorian laws. The move comes after firefighters called for tougher penalties and a "pro-charge" policy to crack down on the "stash and burn business model" in the waste industry.
More than 300 high-risk workplaces will be targeted, work processes will be banned and workers' comp laws could be overhauled, under "unprecedented" silica-dust strategies unveiled in Victoria. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a series of life-threatening crane incidents and fatalities.
> Workplace first-aid changes boost emergency response; > New WHS Code takes effect in NSW; > Alerts issued after Brazil disaster, other incidents; and > Vic amendments remove unsafe loophole for nursing.
Victoria will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, Australia's highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million, and special workers' comp benefits for emergency workers, after Labor retained power in Saturday's State election.
> New WHS plan comes out of Dreamworld-prompted review; > Safety strategies target festivals and childcare in NSW and WA; > OHS amendments exempt mines from MHF rules in Vic; and > Best WHS systems and cultures announced in Tas.