Coronial inquests - Workplace related
The management of workplace accidents must be taken very seriously, as very serious criminal charges can be laid if a business or individual is found to have been grossly negligent.
These charges can include manslaughter and a negligent act causing grievous bodily harm or death.
Following an accidental death at a workplace, Workcover will hold an investigation and the coroner will hold an inquest.
A lot of questions will be asked. Here are some you need to ask yourself:
- Do you know what to do if you are asked to appear as a witness in the Coroner’s Court?
- Are you comfortable with being cross examined about the accident?
- What powers does the coroner have?
- What happens at an inquest? Do you have to answer questions that may incriminate you?
- Do you need to be legally represented?
The sections below will help you answer these questions:
- Appearing as a witness in the coroners court
- Should this death be reported to the coroner
- What other powers does the coroner have
- What will happen at the inquest
- When can an inquest be held
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in corporate crime and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.