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Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?

by , 26 September 2016
Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?Here's something to think about...

In a busy office, there is a nail sticking out of the wall.

The maintenance team was supposed to knock the nail into the surface, but didn't.

Now, every employee that brushes past the nail is grazed.

Since it seems so small, none of the employees that are scratched by the nail report the incident.

This continues until an employee tests positive for HIV/Aids and can't understand how he got infected…

Most people wouldn't even think of reporting it – but according to the COID Act, you must.

Here's what you should do…

Avoid getting your claims denied...

COID statistics show that the fund denies 80% of all claims outright!


For two reasons:

  1. The employee either didn't report the claim properly.
  2. Or the incident they reported is something the COID Fund doesn't cover.
Click here to ensure this doesn't happen to you...


How to approach incidents like these:

1. Identify the root cause...

The purpose of incident investigation is to identify the root causes of the incident so that remedial action can be taken. The maintenance team needs to understand the dangers of not completing a task. They must understand that you are not trying to find someone to blame. Instead, you are taking steps to avoid a repeat of the same incident.
2. Best practice

It is best practice to investigate all incidents, even where no visible damage has occurred. You need to attend to matters so that you can gather ammunition to identify areas that need your attention. This is easy if you encourage employees to report incidents.
COID rejects 80% of all claims!

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How to approach incidents like these (continued)

3. FACT...

You must report an incident when:
  • Any person dies, becomes unconscious, or loses a limb or part of a limb;
  • The person is likely to die because of the injuries;
  • The person is likely to suffer permanent physical defect;
  • The person will be unable to work for a period of 14 days;
  • The person will be unable to return to the work for which they were employed;
  • There is a major incident;
  • The health and safety of any person was endangered; and
  • A person required medical treatment other than first aid (OHSA Sections 24 and 25 and General Administrative Regulations Section 9).
It's not always as simple as that. Click here to get your hands on the 9 step procedure to investigate incidents.

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