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.
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.
Labour-hire licensing and workers' comp Bills have passed Victoria's Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament, while NSW has made a declaration on WHS certificates of competence, and Western Australia has published a new Code of Practice for emergency management.
Companies or officers who have breached work health and safety or workers' comp laws within the last five years will be blocked from providing labour-hire services under Victoria's new licensing scheme.
A 30-page Bill quadrupling maximum fines for failing to report safety incidents or preserve incident sites to more than $190,000 passed Victorian Parliament last night, despite the State Opposition arguing that there is no basis for the dramatic increases.