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Work related incidents. What you should know about reporting and investigating them

by , 26 February 2015
When it comes about reporting an incident, you should keep in mind that this is a signicant aspect of what makes an effective occupational health and safety programme.


More specifically, it's tremendously helpful when it comes to identifying work related health and safety hazards, risks and dangers and putting a stop to them.

Here's what you need to know...

Here are the measure you need to take to to identify the causes of incidents

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According to Section 24, in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, there are incidents that should be reported and investigated. These include incidents when a person:

    Dies
     Becomes unconscious
    Suffers the lost of a limb or part of a limb
    Is injured or becomes ill, or is likely to die or suffer permanent physical defect
    is unable to work for 14 days or longer because of a work related incident
    When a ''major incident'' occurs


By investigating these incidents, appropriate controls can be put in place to prevent further occurrences of such events

An incident investigation has the following objectives: find out what happened, why it happened, prevent it from happening again.

Moreover, according to the Section 24 (c), the following occurrences must also be reported to the Provincial Director. When lives were endangered by:

    Dangerous spilled substances
    Uncontrolled release of a substance under pressure
    Flying, falling, uncontrolled moving object
    Machinery that ran out of control


Note that the investigation should officially start within a period of seven days and be finalised as soon as is reasonably practicable, or within the contracted period in the case of contracted workers.

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