Make directors accountable: ACTU

FORTY-SIX Australians have died while at work this year and the Australian Council of Trade Unions is calling for employers to be held accountable if companies were negligent.

The ACTU said the Federal Government should strengthen Occupational Health and Safety laws to fine or jail directors for up to 20 years to ensure companies could not restructure to avoid paying fines as a result of negligent conduct.

"Forty-six Australians have died at work in the past year because their employer didn't take their safety at work seriously enough - we need to change that," ACTU assistant secretary Michael Borowick said.

He said the average fine for a workplace fatality in Australia was about $100,000.


Books give old fridge new life

Books give old fridge new life

Street library adds colour to Maidenwell.

Revving up to create racing opportunities

Revving up to create racing opportunities

Driver returns from Leyburn excited about Wondai's potential.

Coulson keen for the Country Music Muster

Coulson keen for the Country Music Muster

Noah Coulson is ready for his first major performance.

Local Partners