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Here's why you must never provide false information about workplace injuries!

by , 25 March 2015
Here's something important you need to know: If you provide COID with false information about a workplace injury, it will result in COID not awarding compensation to your employees if they have a workplace injury or contract a work-related disease.

Let me explain why...

What a COID Commissioner does if workplace accident information isn't true

If your employee dies or is disabled because of an accident at work, and you provide false information about the accident to the Commissioner, the Director General might not pay the full or partial compensation or medical costs.

Instead, he could make your company or mutual association liable to pay for compensation (Section 26 of COIDA).

And that's why you need to ensure your employees are aware of what your health and safety system needs to report when an incident happens.

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Under no circumstance should you provide COID with false information about the following or you could end up paying the costs of compensation yourself:

• Information about the injury (e.g. broken arm) or occupational disease (e.g. hearing loss) and how it happened;

• The employee isn't suffering from an injury or occupational disease at the time of notification;

• The employee hasn't suffered from a serious injury or occupational disease in the past;

• The death or disablement resulted from aggravation from a previous serious injury or occupational disease;

• The death or disablement resulted from the employee refusing to submit to reasonable medical assistance;

• The death or disablement resulted from the employee wilfully neglecting to undergo medical assistance; and

• If the death or disablement was caused by the accident or a previous accident.

Note that if you or your employee claims from COID and the employment contract, apprenticeship or learnership of the employee isn't valid, the Commissioner may pay the claim as if the contract was valid at the time of the accident (Section 27 of COIDA).

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