According to Mining Weekly, 'Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti beat cost and overall production guidance in the three months to September 30, but fatalities and safety stoppages lowered South African output.'
According to AngloGold CEO, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, the multi-national company had a very bad quarter, in terms of safety, in South Africa - many of which were caused by ground falls.
What say to you?
You can read this news and clearly realise that health and safety in the workplace plays a crucial role in overall production, or 'output'. This includes your employees' production, your production of products and so on. The fact of the matter is that business slows down on many levels if health and safety in the workplace isn't effectively implemented and managed. And, as was seen with AngloGold, incidents led to lowered output.
It's very obvious, and yet even the 'giants' of the economy still get it wrong at times.
Unless you take active, and REGULAR, measures to prevent any unwanted incidents in the workplace, you could very well end up paying thousands, possibly even millions, of rands in compensation claims! Also, you might have to shut down parts of your company due to the incident, making way for investigations and repairs afterwards.
You could face a bombardment of penalties, fines, legal fees, the media's onslaught, time, union grievances, death benefits and settlements.
What's more is that these are ONLY A FEW of the headaches you'll have to deal with if an incident occurs in the workplace.
Do all these headaches sounds a little overwhelming?
Well, the answer is simple. Read on…
So what's the tip?
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.
If not making health and safety a top priority can end up in disastrous consequences, then why not carry out regular risk assessments
and hazard identifications, after which you can take action in seeing to any risks in the workplace. You can then train your employees with regard to any risks and hazards that were identified in the workplace – try our Toolbox Talks
in doing this.
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