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SA's earthquake claimed one life! Here's what to do if a tragedy likes this happens in your workplace

by , 07 August 2014
The 5.3 magnitude earthquake South Africans felt earlier this week gave everyone a fright. Most people had the same thought as it shook workplaces everywhere: 'What happens if this building falls down?'

Now luckily most building in South Africa are strong enough to withstand an earthquake of this size. Sadly though, one wasn't so strong. This building in the old mining village of Orkney collapsed and in doing so killed an unnamed man.

Would you know what to do if this had happened in your workplace? If not, let me tell you, just in case another earthquake strikes...


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Here's what to do if another earthquake strikes and kills one of your employees

 
If your employees are on duty and another earthquake strikes, the first thing you should do is get them to safety. 
 
Sadly, this may not be possible if, for example, the exit is blocked. 
 
This is when serious accidents may happen and employees could suffer injures, or worse, die.
 
The question you may ask is, does an injury caused by a natural disaster count as an injury on duty if your employee was on your premises?
 
Here's the answer...
 

Does a fatality in your workplace caused by of a natural disaster count as an injury on duty

 
The answer to this question is 'yes'. Your employee is on duty, doing his work in your workplace. This means any accident that happens at this point is an injury on duty.
 
So, if another earthquake strikes (touch wood that it doesn't) and brings your building down, you can claim for any injuries for COID. 
 
This is true whether your employee suffers an injury like the 17 Orkney mines did or has a fatal accident. So ensure you can get compensation from COID for your employees if this happens.
 
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If there was a fire, earthquake or explosion in your company, would your first aider know what to do?
 
Do your first aiders know what it is?
 
 
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