Following the tragic death of Gold Coast construction workers Chris Gear and Steve Sayer after a scaffold on which they were working malfunctioned and plummeted 26 storeys to the ground in 2008, the Queensland division of the nation’s biggest building union had had enough.

In the lead-up to hearings against the building outfit Karimbla Construction Services last year, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union called on the Queensland government to introduce new charges for industrial manslaughter charges for industrial manslaughter, saying that existing laws and punishments in that state provided a ‘pitiful slap…