The WA State Government announced significant increases to jail terms and fines for businesses and employees who commit safety offences.
The new laws – announced on October 4 – will increase penalties for workplace safety offences under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
Harsher penalties for offenders include increasing the maximum term of imprisonment from two years to five years, and increased fines for body corporates:
Employees who commit repeat breaches will also be subject to increased punishment – maximum penalty rising from $12,500 to $50,000.
The amendments will take effect on a date to be fixed, expected mid 2019.