Workplace health and safety penalties to reduce fatalities and injuries
Workplace safety laws for catastrophic accidents in the Australian construction industry are not as good as most of us would expect them to be. Workers whose daily jobs involve higher levels of risk may expect that if they were accidentally killed at work, the fine for their workplace would be significant. In fact, they are not as harsh as in other comparable countries. New penalties in the UK seem to be delivering the desired impact with employers changing the stringency of safety precautions in the interests of keeping all workers alive and well, and not just to avoid fines.