A serious incident has occurred in your workplace! What now?
I'm pretty sure you'd agree that you should report it.
Sure, that's correct. But now that you've done it, what lies next?
In other words, in addition to your initial report to the Department of Labour (DoL), what must you do?
The answer would be to report the incident to the Compensation Fund.
But now that you know that, how exactly would you go about doing it?
In this article, we'll lay out 2 important steps towards reporting an incident to the Compensation Fund.
Take a look at what they are...
Avoid making the biggest mistake employers make when conducting their incident investigations
If you miss just one point in your incident investigation, COID
will deny your compensation claim.
And worse, if the DoL asks for your report, and you can't give him one, you'll be facing criminal prosecution too.
So don't take chances. Make sure you and your investigation team knows how to properly investigate all accident and incidents at your workplace.
The first step would be to head over to your nearest labour centre, or visit the DoL's website (labour.gov.za), where you must collect and fill out the W.CL.2 form.
Fill out Part A, after which you should tear off and hand Part B to a doctor or a hospital.
As soon as you've finished filling Part A of the form, send it through to the Compensation Fund.
You don't have to wait for Part B to do this. But as soon as the doctor has filled it out, you should send it through, provided that he hasn't already sent it through to the Compensation Fund.
Remember that it's your responsibility to ensure that all the forms are submitted!
· Keep copies of all the forms you send to the Compensation Fund, just in case they end up being 'misplaced'; and
· Follow up every week until you receive a claim number, and once received, keep it in a safe place. Also, give a copy of the claim number to the injured employee.
*So those were 2 very important steps to follow in reporting an incident to the Compensation Fund.
But don't settle for just that! Because there are 2 other vital points which you simply have to know in order to correctly report an incident to the Compensation Fund!
So page over to Chapter I 02
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