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First prosecutions under WA’s new WHS regulations

May 24th 2024

First prosecutions under WA’s new WHS regulations

WorkSafe has prosecuted three companies and an individual for workplace safety breaches, marking the first set of prosecutions under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020, which became effective in March 2022.

Acting WorkSafe Commissioner Sally North said court proceedings have begun for these four cases under the State's recently implemented workplace safety regulations.

“The Work Health and Safety laws carry additional and more serious penalties than the previous laws,” Ms North said.

“This is illustrated by the potential maximum fine of $3.5 million in three of these cases, but more serious breaches may risk penalties including terms of imprisonment for individuals.”

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