Workplace fines

Tougher penalties

The Model Act and Model Regulations stemming from the nationalization of safety legislation contain significantly higher penalties than existing laws. These penalties apply from January 1 2013.

Here are some examples of penalties under The Model Act’s three categories of offences.

Category 1 applies where there has been reckless conduct exposing an individual to the risk of death, serious illness or injury. Your company could be liable for up to 3 million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $600 000 fine and up to three years jail.

Category 2 offences arise where there has been a failure to comply with the OH & S duty, exposing an individual to the risk of death, serious injury or illness, but without the element of recklessness. Your company could be liable for up to 1.5 million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $300 000 fine.

Finally, Category 3 applies where there has been a breach of a health and safety duty but there is no risk of death, serious injury or illness e.g. a minor injury. Your company could be liable for up to half a million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $100 000 fine.

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