A review of the Northern Territory’s workplace health and safety practices has revealed the need for tougher penalties to address the high rate of workplace fatalities.
An independent review, authored by Tim Lyons, recommended the NT introduce industrial manslaughter laws, which the unions and lawyers have long been lobbying for.
The report found that NT WorkSafe inspectors believed their relationship with the coroner’s office had deteriorated.
The review also found the skills of NT WorkSafe employees need improvement and the safety watchdog needs to ensure it continues to be seen as being free from political interference.
The review is particularly important because the NT has the highest rate of workplace deaths per capita in the country.