||Issue No. 212||12 March 2004|
Interview: Baby Bust
Safety: Dust To Dust
Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
International: Bulk Bullies
History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Review: The Art Of Work
Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Seven Good Reasons To Save Medicare
Naked Leading The Blind
Serial Killer Cops Fine
"He should have been bloody hung," says the CFMEU’s Pat Preston. "We need to send the message home to employers who are serial killers, who don’t take into account their employees health and safety, that they will face hefty fines and gaol sentences."
Matthew King, 28, died while working as a dogman at a commercial site in Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, on October 29, 1999. A County Court jury convicted the company, ACR Roofing, last month.
The same employer had been found guilty after an inquiry into a workers death several years ago. In that inquiry it was revealed that a supervisor had tried to fit a harness to the dying man's body to make it appear as though he had been wearing protective equipment.
The CFMEU has been campaigning in several states for the introduction of industrial manslaughter legislation, with legislation becoming effective in ACT at the start of March.
"We believe a worker's life is worth a lot more than $60,000," says Preston, who equated it to price of a new car.
Preston also slammed the Building Industry Taskforce for wasting millions of dollars worth of taxpayers money, while ignoring genuine safety concerns.
Centrelink Workers safety On The Table
Meanwhile a Comcare report has identified aggression towards Centrelink employees as a major issue as negotiations continue over a new health and safety agreement for the government agency.
Comcare is the Federal Government's own workers compensation provider.
Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) negotiators have been working to achieve solutions to the health and safety issues.
The Comcare report also identified:
- Adequate training on OHS issues
- Hazard identification and Risk assessments
- Facilities for Health and Safety Representatives and Deputies
- Senior management responsibility
- Manager/Team Leader responsibilities
- Role of the CPSU
The CPSU believes that significant progress has been made towards a draft agreement.
Negotiations are continuing.
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