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Three incident investigation tips you simply cannot ignore!

by , 29 July 2014
You and I both know incident investigation can be complicated. In fact, it can be overwhelming and heart wrenching - especially when there are fatalities. Here are three important tips to help you with incident investigations and COID tariffs.

Dear Reader

When I mention the phrase 'incident investigation', those who aren't familiar with health and safety lingo, simply pass it off as a quick check into why the tea lady slipped in the kitchen.

But, you and I both know incident investigation can be a lot more complicated than that. In fact, it can be overwhelming and heart wrenching – especially when there are fatalities.

We're running a half-day workshop in August on How to cut COID tariffs and investigate incidents which will show you exactly what you need to calculate to reflect your losses correctly, saving you money and impacting your profits. The only way to ensure
you bring down your incident rate, and reduce your COID costs, is to ask the right questions.

In the meantime, here are three important tips to help you with incident investigations and COID tariffs.

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Are you paying more for COID than the factory next door?

Stop! You may be paying too much.

Attend our Incident Investigation and COID seminar on 28 August 2014 at Blandford Manor, Johannesburg. It will explain exactly why it's vital for you to get your incident investigation process right, and report EVERY incident to COID.

Click here for more information.

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Tip #1: Establish an incident investigation team hierarchy
 
For 'near misses' the team can be the supervisor and the health and safety representative for that area.

For 'property damage', add the health and safety manager to the team.

For 'serious' incidents where there was lost time, your team should include the health and safety manager, the operations or section manager, the immediate supervisor and the health and safety representative.

You can also include a union representative on the incident investigation team for the sake of transparency and good governance.

Tip #2: Make sure your contractors have a letter of good standing!

When you employ other companies to provide non-core services, e.g. cleaning of premises or security, make sure these companies register with the Compensation Commissioner. Ask for their Compensation Fund registration number and a letter of good standing from the Commissioner.

Tip #3: Good management = rebate!

If you manage your health and safety risk well and have minimal claims against the Compensation Fund, you'll qualify for a rebate. This rebate is calculated on the claims experience over a period of three years.

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Do you know how to cut your COID tariffs?

Attend the Incident Investigation and COID seminar on 28 August 2014 at Blandford Manor, Johannesburg. We'll reveal exactly what you need to calculate to reflect your losses correctly, saving you money and impacting your profits.

Click here to book your seat!

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Question of the week:
What happens if a contractor isn't registered with the Compensation Commissioner?

Question:
If we ask a contractor to put carports up for our offices, and they aren't registered, what will happen to my company if one of their men gets hurt?  

Answer:
If your contractor hasn't registered with the Compensation Commissioner it has the following consequences:
•    It's a criminal offence for the contractor
•    The Compensation Commissioner can claim back the full extent of claims paid to an injured worker from the unregistered employer if they haven't off set the claim against another party e.g. your company. This could be substantial if the injured person suffers permanent disability or dies.
•    If one of their employees is injured while working on your premises, they can process the injury claim against your registration number i.e. you're held responsible. This could affect any rebate due to you.

You can find out how to reduce your COID tariffs and investigate incidents correctly by attending our workshop in August. Download the brochure here for more details.

In the name of safety,

Rachel Paterson
Business Publisher

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