ACT: serious penalties for industrial manslaughter conviction
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WorkSafe ACT has recruited a family liaison officer to assist and support the family of a deceased worker in keeping them informed about investigation and prosecution processes. They will also assist families by connecting them to local and national support services to help them through this difficult time.
The amendment of the bill outlines that where there is a gross deviation from the reasonable standard of care from a PCBU that endangers the lives of their workers, there will be severe penalties.
An industrial manslaughter conviction in the ACT carries the penalty of possible imprisonment of up to 20 years for individuals and a $16.5 million penalty for corporations.