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4 Steps to take immediately after a fatal incident at work

by , 15 April 2016
It's just another ordinary working day, with everyone going about their duties in your workplace.

Then suddenly, a scream echoes through the air, bringing all operations to a halt!

There's been a fatal incident! One of the workers got caught in your workplace machinery, killing him instantly.

While this may be too shocking and gruesome to deal with, you have to keep a level head, because you'll be legally required to follow strict procedures. So read carefully!

Here are 3 steps you must follow in the unfortunate event of a fatal incident...


Do you know the internal and external processes you must follow when conducting an incident investigation?

Whenever you place a claim for one of your employees with COID, the Compensation Commissioner examines your incident report in great detail.

He checks that every detail of the workplace accident or occupational injury has been included along with all the details of your investigations.

Miss just one point and he'll delay your claim and compensation will now be your problem!

That's why you need to follow the correct internal and external processes the first time around.
Find out how here…
The first step is to report the incident immediately, as in that day, to the Regional Director at your nearest labour centre.
This report should be by telephone.
You will then follow this up with a fax or email to the Department of Labour
In this email/fax, you must include:
·         The name of the injured/deceased person;
·         The address of the injured/deceased person;
·         Name of the employer;
·         Address of the employer;
·         Telephone number of the employer;
·         Name of the contact person;
You must also include details of the incident. These are:

·         What exactly happened;
·         The place where the incident occurred;
·         The date and time on which the incident occurred;
·         How the incident happened;
·         Why it happened; and
·         The names of all witnesses.


Ensure that the site of the incident is untouched, unless you are rescuing or treating other employees who may have been injured.

An inspector must first come and inspect the area before giving you permission to clean up.


Take photographs of the incident so that you can use them as evidence in your incident investigation.

They could also help you prevent any similar incidents from happening again.

*Those were 4 steps you should take as soon as possible after a fatal incident.

To learn how to conduct an incident investigation, page over to Chapter I 01 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook.

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