As I predicted in earlier edition, the spectre of “industrial Manslaughter” is soon to become reality to Victorian employers, with the premier, Dan Andrews issuing the following press release:
“Neil found out his son had been killed from a news report.
He’d got a call about an accident at Jake’s worksite. On his way over, he switched on the radio and heard that someone had died.
The trench Jake was working in had collapsed. He was only 19.
That day in 2015 was just the beginning of the nightmare for the Kermeen family.
It took hours to get Jake out of that trench.
There was the inquiry that took months – and the painful waiting to find out what had gone wrong.
Jake’s employer pleaded guilty to breaching occupational health and safety laws, and received a fine.
That wasn’t the end for Jake’s family, though.
His death had a devastating effect – particularly for his mum.
Her mental health deteriorated to the point where she can no longer work.
Because when somebody dies at work, it’s not just a life that is lost.
Families, friends and communities are broken.
And nothing will ever fix that.
But workers’ lives are worth more than just a fine.
That’s why we’re changing the law – and we’re making workplace manslaughter a crime”.