Preventing Industrial Manslaughter

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Industrial Manslaughter is a hot topic at the moment. Already law in many states, other states are calling for it to become law.

What is it?

As explained by HR Law, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) or a senior officer will be criminally liable for negligently causing the death of a worker. The offence applies where a worker dies or is injured and later dies, in the course of carrying out work, and the PCBU or senior officer causes the death or is negligent about preventing the death. The PCBU or senior officer’s conduct will be deemed negligent where it departs so far from the standard of care required.

These manslaughter provisions have been included in not only the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 but also the Electrical Safety Act 2002.

What does it mean for you?

This law again highlights the importance of for all business owners and managers to ensure the equipment used within their business is appropriately tested, calibrated or inspected regularly.

Testing and calibration of equipment is a legal requirement across many industries. Ignoring this requirement, or ignoring the frequencies mentioned in the standards or codes which apply to you, and putting your workers at risk, is negligent behaviour.

How can we help?

At Mobile Test ‘n’ Cal, we make keeping compliant as easy for you as possible. We keep track of when your assets are due for testing or calibration, and contact you to book your next service, making sure your assets never fall out of date.

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