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3 Reasons to register with Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) or face the penalties...

by , 09 January 2017
3 Reasons to register with Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) or face the penalties...Over the past few weeks, the Health & Safety helpdesk has received a lot of questions about registering with the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COID).
What is Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases ?...

COID is a government body that compensates workers who've been injured at work or who have contracted an illness or disease at work.

COID is there to safeguard your workers when they're injured and to make sure you support
their compensation by paying your tariffs.
 
Here's one of the questions we received this month.
 
I have a small business which I inherited from my husband in December 2005. He never registered for Workmen's Compensation.
 
Am I now required to register for Workmen's Compensation?
 
 
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The DoL would've shut me down... if I hadn't had this tool
 
I received a notice from the Department of Labour that one of its inspectors would be visiting my factory today. I should've been worried. The inspector brings a pesky yellow form from which he asks me 18 questions about the general safety of my business. If I answer 'no' to just one of these, he could shut my business down.
 
But I was ready for him! My latest information from the Health and Safety Advisor Handbook included a copy of these questions. With this tool, I know I'll always have the necessary sample forms, questionnaires and templates to guarantee my workplace's health and safety compliance. I don't need insider knowledge – I already have it.
 
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Why must your company register with COID?
 
It's a legal requirement for all companies who employ people to register with COID. Even if you only have one employee, you must register with COID (Section 80.1).
 
If you don't register, you're committing a criminal offence and could be fined or taken to court, where you could even receive a fine and face jail time.
 
  1. You're protected against civil claims if a worker is injured on duty. Example: If you are registered with COID your worker cannot take you to court and claim damages for injuries or diseases.
     
  2. Workers who're injured on duty can claim compensation for temporary or permanent disablement. If a worker dies because of an injury on duty, their dependants can claim compensation.
     
Example: COID pays the dependents of a worker who has died or isn't able to work anymore (if they are financially dependent on the worker).
 
Don't delay your COID registration any longer! Download the COID registration form (COID-W.AS2) right now from www.labour.gov.za, complete it and submit it.
 
If you need more information on Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID), the Health & Safety Advisor has a detailed chapter on it. In chapter C15, you'll find out:
  • What is COID?
  • Why must your company register with COID?
  • If you have contractors working for you, what must you do in terms of COID?
  • When do you pay COID your contribution tariff?
  • How much tariff will you have to pay to COID?
  • What if you don't submit your earnings?
  • Must you keep records?
  • And much more!
     


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