Australia: Rising penalties and serious criminal charges for work-related health and safety law breaches

In recent times, we have seen a shift in relation to prosecutions for work-related deaths and injuries.

Personal liability claims have recently escalated, with prosecutors at times bringing charges pursuant to general criminal law legislation, as well as work health and safety legislation. Additionally, prosecutors are increasing their focus on the liability of third-party service providers and contractors – while not taking away from their pursuit of corporate owner/operators of faulty machinery and equipment.

Associate Josephine Hart and Law Graduate Emma Scotney review some recent cases.

Josephine C Hart
Andrew Tobin
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