When a worker was killed on a building site in the UK, the company was fined £2.6 million early this year under tough new UK laws, but if the same worker had died in Australia, the fine may have been just $170,000.

The UK government believes heavier health and safety penalties can reduce fatalities and injuries. A new penalty system for health and safety violations has been implemented in the UK since February of this year. This new UK law hinges the safety and health fine on the turnover of the company….