Queensland’s tough mining safety laws just got stronger
The toughest mining safety laws in Australia were passed in the Queensland parliament today with maximum penalties of $13 million and 20 years’ jail.
Establishing industrial manslaughter as a resources industry offence is another key reform which puts Queensland’s amongst the safest in the world.
The new sanctions bring the resources sector in line with every other workplace across the State but with higher financial penalties.
Safety on a mine site is everybody’s responsibility, and exceptional safety leadership needs to be modelled right from the top.
Creating the offence of industrial manslaughter is to ensure senior company officers do all they can to create a safe mine site.
The tougher laws have been introduced to further prevent future injuries and fatalities.
Last updated 20 May 2020