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Investigation and prosecution following workplace fatalities: responding to the needs of families


Matthews, LR and Fitzpatrick, SJ and Bohle, P and Quinlan, M, Investigation and prosecution following workplace fatalities: responding to the needs of families, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25, (2) pp. 253-270. ISSN 1035-3046 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1035304614534350


Every year, there are over 200 traumatic deaths at work in Australia. A government safety inspector usually investigates each incident. The investigation may lead to prosecution of the employer or another party deemed to have breached relevant legislation. However, little systematic research has examined the needs and interests of grieving families in this process. Drawing on interviews with 48 representatives of institutions that deal with deaths at work (including regulators, unions, employers, police and coronial officers), this article examines how they view the problems and experiences of families. Notwithstanding some recent improvements, findings indicate ongoing shortcomings in meeting the needs of families regarding information provision, involvement and securing justice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:industrial relations, safety prosecutions, traumatic workplace death, workplace health and safety
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Workplace safety
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:131414
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-18
Last Modified:2019-04-29

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