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Must I still report an incident concerning a casual worker? Find out here

by , 14 December 2016
Must I still report an incident concerning a casual worker? Find out hereWe get tons of queries on: 'Does one really have to report an incident in x situation that happened to a casual worker?' And the answer to that question may not be what every employer expects.

Allow me to explain...

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Scenario:

Mr. Butler needs windows to be cleaned in his workplace. He then takes a trip into town where he collects 4 casual workers to perform the task.

While they are working, one of them decides to reach out just a little too far, and plummets to the ground, all the way from the third floor of your office block.

He is terribly hurt from the incident.

But what can you do? Must you still report it? After all, he's just a casual worker, right?

Let me make this very clear

This is not the correct attitude to show to casual workers!

A casual worker is an employee for the duration he works for you. This still applies even though the worker is a casual who only performs a few hours of work for you. And so, if such an employee were to become injured, he would still be entitled to all the benefits provided by the COIDA.

So what about Mr. Butler? You guessed it, he would have to report the incident.

NOTE: Volunteers are also considered casual workers as you derive a benefit from their labour and efforts, irrespective of whether or not you're paying them.

TIP: When using casual labour, make sure they're fully aware of all the hazards in your workplace, and that you provide them with all the necessary training, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE), so as to accommodate safe work.
 
*To learn more on reporting incidents in the workplace, such as how to report a fatal incident in the workplace, simply page over to Chapter I 02 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here to order your copy today.

PS: At the end of the day, remember that if you fail to report an occupational incident, then you could very well be committing a criminal offence! So make sure you know what's going on!

And that's where the Health and Safety Advisor handbook becomes such a useful resource for any employer.

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