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Three consequences if you don't implement health and safety risk control measures

by , 13 May 2014
By law you must have risk control measures to manage the health and safety risks in your company. If you don't, you face these three consequences.

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Warning! You'll face these three consequences if you don't implement health and safety risk control measures

#1: The Department of Labour will prosecute you for breaking the OHSA (section 8 (2) (d)). This means you could end up with a huge fine or a lengthy jail term.

#2: Incidents will increase in your workplace.

As a result, you'll face the following:

  • A decrease in productivity while you clean up the mess and re-establish operations.
  • Injury, illness or fatalities. The Health & Safety Advisor says 'whenever a person is off from work as a result of work-related incidents; there is an escalation in operating costs and an increased risk of incident if less skilled employees are required to do the work.'
  • An increase in insurance premiums due to claims.
  • Loss of market share.

That's not all. There's one more business critical consequence of failing to implement health and safety risk control measures.
 

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Do you want to be fined, jailed or have a criminal record for life?

If an accident occurs in your workplace, and the person dies, you could be charged with culpable homicide, charged penalties of R100 000 or 2 years in jail! The CEO or Owner of a company is personally accountable for health and safety at work.

Click here for the three things you must prove to establish your innocence.

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#3: You'll have to pay a higher tariff to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID)

Experts at the Health & Safety Club say if your company's claims for compensation are higher than your industry average, the Compensation Commissioner has the right to increase your tariff. In addition, you may also be required to pay a penalty.'

As you can see, there's a lot to pay if you don't implement risk control measures in your workplace. So the best thing you can do is to comply with the OHSA when it comes to risk management. For more about implementing risk control measures check out this article.



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