The Prosecution Problem

The Prosecution Problem By Greg Smith. First published here: https://www.waylandlegal.com.au/blog/the-prosecution-problem There is concerning trajectory in the current conversation about regulating health and safety in Australia. The conversation is almost exclusively focused on the consequences of workplace accidents, specifically ongoing calls for increasing penalties and introducing a class of offence called “Industrial Manslaughter”. At the risk …

$450,000: Is this what we want from prosecutions?

Great article by Health and Safety Lawyer Greg Smith recently published here on his blog: My Safety Thoughts. Look out for Greg’s new book, co-authored with Dr Rob Long: “Risky Conversations, The Law, Social Psychology and Risk” – I’ve had a sneak preview and it is an absolute cracker! $450,000: Is this what we want …

Rethinking safety prosecutions part 2

Rethinking safety prosecutions part 2 Update by Greg Smith – First published here Some time ago I wrote a post about the value of criminal prosecutions for safety breaches as part of effective safety management. The post is available HERE. A discussion about the nature of “safety prosecutions” was recently held on LinkedIn following an …

Do we need to rethink safety prosecutions?

Do we need to rethink safety prosecutions? A brilliant article by Greg Smith first published here Extract: I have seen a number of recent posts and comments on various sites, noting where company executives have been prosecuted and jailed for health and safety breaches. The general tone of the observations has been that this is …

DIRECTORS FINED FOR WORK INJURY AND FAILURE TO REPORT

DIRECTORS FINED FOR WORK INJURY AND FAILURE TO REPORT The two directors of an Yorke Peninsula manufacturing firm have been fined more than $56,000 plus costs over an incident in which a young worker was injured by a machine, and their failure to report that and another incident. Robert Venning Pty Ltd and Richard Venning …