SA Unions welcome new safety laws

South Australia is set to join other States in implementing the new safety laws in January 2013 (read SafetyCulture report) and unions say this move will mean safer workplaces and tougher penalties for businesses which put people’s lives at risk.

SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles say the Work Health and Safety Bill which has passed through the Legislative Council will enforce much tougher penalties for workplaces safety breaches. She also said the new laws clearly states that employers should ensure safer workplaces.

“For the first time in South Australia, working people will have the right to call in their union representatives to do random safety checks – a right that applies in every other state in the country,” said Ms Giles.

The new work safety bill will also require health and safety representatives in every workplace to have stronger trainings.

“Unions have been campaigning for better safety laws for years because people continue to die or be seriously injured at work,” says Ms Giles.

“It’s a tragedy when someone leaves home to go to work and simply never returns to their loved ones.”

“It’s taken three years of negotiation, and we now look forward to seeing these new laws put into practice.”

“Thanks to the sensible support of the Greens, Kelly Vincent and John Darley, we will have new safety laws in place on 1 January 2013.”

“They rejected the ridiculous scare tactics of Rob Lucas, and with the government, put working people first,” she said.

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