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Eight situations when you must tell COID about your workplace accident

by , 11 July 2014
When it comes to COID the rule of thumb is: You must report any accident that results in injuries or illnesses. The problem comes in when you have to decide what counts as in 'injury'.

Does it mean if your employee falls down the stairs and has some nasty bruises that COID wants to know about it? Or do you only have to report this if there's blood split?

To avoid future confusion, here are the eight situations you must report to COID ASAP.

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 If a workplace accident causes any of these injuries you MUST report it to COID

The more serious an injury at work is, the more important it is for you to report it to the Compensation Commissioner. 
So report any situations where the person involved: 
1. Dies, falls unconscious or loses a limb or part of a limb.
2. Will probably die because of their injuries.
3. Someone will probably suffer permanent physical defects.
4. Won't be able to work for a period of 14 days.
5. Can't do the work you employed them to do.
You also need to report it if: 
6. There's a major incident.
7. An accident endangers anyone's health and safety.
8. Someone needs medical treatment other than first aid.

Just remember to follow the correct protocol when you report any of these situations to COID

You must report an accident to COID within seven days of it happening. To report the accident, complete and submit a W.CL1 COID form for accidents and a W.CL2 for illnesses.
You can get these forms from a Compensation Fund office, a local Department of Labour branch or online at www.labour.gov.za.
So now that you know the kinds of accidents and injuries you need to report to COID ensure that you do so.
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