Directors at Risk of WHS Prosecution – 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Today!

Directors at Risk of WHS Prosecution – 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Today!

Published on:7th March,2017   Category: Accident tips

Falls from heights are a significant cause of deaths and serious injuries every year in Queensland. A Queensland man died after falling six metres from a roof at work in 2014.  The man was working on the roof without any edge protection.

Workplace Health and Safety investigated the incident and charges have been laid for breaches of the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (Qld).

Charges have been laid against the companies who employed the worker and against the two company directors personally.  The matter is yet to be finalised in Court, however, there are significant penalties that can apply to the company and directors.  The directors are facing significant fines and imprisonment for a period up to five years.

More information about the prosecution can be found here.

12 Critical Questions for Company Directors

As a director you have legal obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld).

If you cannot answer basic questions about health and safety within your organisation then you need to take steps to become more informed and address any safety concerns you have.  If you don’t then you are putting yourself and your workers at risk.

  • What are the risks to your workers and contractors?
  • When was the last time a worker was injured?
  • When was the last time there was a serious incident or near miss?
  • Have management ever done a safety audit?
  • How often are management having safety talks with staff?
  • Do you provide safety training to staff when they first commence employment?
  • How often do you provide your workers with refresher safety training?
  • Are your workers actually complying with safety training?
  • Do you have staff trained in first aid?
  • Do you have policies and procedures about what to do in the event of an accident?
  • Are you aware what safety codes of practice apply to your industry?
  • Is there any new technology on the market that could better protect your workers?

If you cannot answer any of the above questions it is probably time that you and your other directors or management team get on top of these critical issues.

If you need expert legal advice in relation to health and safety obligations, your rights at work or compensation, contact one of our expert lawyers today.

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