Victorian OHS Lawbreakers Still Own Millions
Since 2002 there has been approximately 269 workers killed.
The average lost life fines are typically around $170,000 and the median is $95,000. Interestingly, WorkSafe’s prosecution database revealed that some cases involving lost fingers have had higher fines imposed than those involving the death of a worker.
One such company was fined $145,000 when a worker lost a thumb.Another company was fined $25,000 when a worker had to have three fingers amputated.
Other results of the investigation concluded :
- Some companies have been found to go into liquidation to avoid paying fines and then reopening shortly after.
- Approximately every 17 days a worker is killed in the workplace in Victoria.
- Since 2009-2010 the number of WorkSafe visits have dropped drastically.
- Some families have had to wait up to seven years to see the company responsible for the death of a loved one, to be fined.
- Individuals or companies charged can operate their businesses for years before charges are laid. Only approximately 40 per cent of
- lawbreakers are charged within the first 12 months. The most courts can
- Individuals charged can be jailed for up to five years, however no one has yet been imprisoned for any related charges.
- The highest fine imposed for the death of a worker was $1.4 million. However the company, AAA Auscarts Imports Pty Ltd went into liquidation and the fine was never paid.
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