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To: Michael O'Brien, Victorian Liberal leader

Support industrial manslaughter laws

We call on Michael O'Brien and the Liberal Party to support industrial manslaughter legislation. The Liberal Party must step up and match Labor's commitment to provide a safer Victoria and ensure no-one is above the law.

We call for legislation so negligent employers can be charged with industrial manslaughter when a person is killed at work.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a workplace injury or death, you may find the following content distressing.

Why is this important?

My son Ron was an athlete who just a few years prior was at the peak of his sport of lacrosse in the hope of representing his country one day.

He was electrocuted at work and died, just shy of his 26th birthday.

On November 12 2015, about mid-morning I got a phone call from my youngest son, Darren. He said, “I think Ron’s had an accident.”

I asked where and when but he had no detail and said he would call back. He did and said “it sounds serious apparently they are trying to revive him.” Another couple of calls to find out where and I was on my way. I immediately thought the worst and as I left my colleagues I said, I think my son has died.

My diary note on that day says simply, “I attended the site and was informed by police that Ronald had died.”

Darren and I waited on site for more than three hours to see our son and brother. He was still lying on the roof. He looked so peaceful in the afternoon sun, big and strong, as though asleep. We both lay down next to him and gave him a hug and kiss and said goodbye.

I am no longer the same person that I was, my family torn apart by grief but somehow still together. This needless and preventable loss of life has also affected all our extended family and friends, still grieving to this day.

This is why we need industrial manslaughter laws.

We need these laws so it's no longer just a cost of doing business for companies to allow unsafe work practices to continue.

They need to be held to account and not be able walk away with a pithy fine after forever changing the lives of the many families connected to this one life.


If you or someone you know has been affected by a workplace injury or death and feel distressed by the content on this page, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


2018-07-04 12:28:32 +1000

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