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  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
  • If you're like most small businesses I know... ...When it comes to doing the odd bit of maintenance around your workplace... ... Or hanging up your pictures in the office... ...Or washing your windows on the second floor... ...You take a drive to the nearest Builder's Warehouse to pick up a desperate individual or two looking for a job. Now, it seems rather harmless. You're helping the jo... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Jack breaks his arm on the job - it's going to cost you, but not if you do this one thing
  • I'm sure it's happened at least once in your factory... Jack, breaks his arm while working on one of your machines... Or he broke it falling off the silo... Or if you're in an office, Jack tripped on a cable in your office, fell and broke his wrist. Jack's now taking time off to go to the doctor, the orthopedic surgeon, needs weekly check-ups and the time he's taking off is just amounting... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • So, why should an employee's drug abuse be your problem?
  • Taking drugs is bad enough (not to mention illegal!) but taking drugs while on the job could lead to even bigger issues. This is what a South African woman found out on a working trip to Uganda to prepare for a film shoot when she took cocaine. She now needs be treated for paralysis to her right side after taking the drugs. Now, you may think this is not your problem, but let me show you why i... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
  • Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?
  • Here's something to think about... In a busy office, there is a nail sticking out of the wall. The maintenance team was supposed to knock the nail into the surface, but didn't. Now, every employee that brushes past the nail is grazed. Since it seems so small, none of the employees that are scratched by the nail report the incident. This continues until an employee tests positive for HI... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
  • If someone dies in your office - would you know what to do?
  • As a student I worked at a restaurant to earn some extra cash to get me through my varsity years. One night I was serving a particularly nice family. The mom, dad, granny and grandpa completely doted over the six-year-old twin girls. I left their table to fetch their drinks after taking their order and chatting to them about the icy cold front that hit us. To my absolute horror, when I returned th... ››› more
  • [23 September 2016]
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
  • Working on a construction site, I'm sure you have many 'horror' stories to tell about incidents on your site... My childhood was filled with my father (who managed a concrete plant for many, many years) coming home with tales of his stressful, but interesting, days. Stories like... … Being thrown off a silo by a very disgruntled and aggressive employee… … One of his employees being c... ››› more
  • [05 September 2016]
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
  • It's not as far-fetched as one would think... That's right, it happened to my father (who owns and manages a concrete and brick factory) just the other day... He was working with one of his mobile cranes on-site. They jacked the mobile crane up to remove the wheels, when it got stuck. My hands-on dad and one of the employees, Sam, lifted the platform up slightly. Sam let go as it was too hea... ››› more
  • [31 August 2016]
  • COID: One simple step to avoid liability if a contractor is injured in your workplace
  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) is a government body that compensates workers who become injured. It safeguards your workers, and ensures you assist in supporting their compensation towards injured employees (through tariffs). So if you hire any employees, you're required to register with COID. And failing to do so will lead to harsh penalties and fines. However, i... ››› more
  • [14 June 2016]
  • Two steps to report an occupational disease to the Compensation Fund
  • Michael claims he is suffering from asthma and blames his working conditions. He now wants you to put a claim in to the Compensation Fund on the grounds of him contracting an occupational disease. But what process do you need to follow? Let's have a look at the two steps you need to take... What is an occupational disease? An occupational disease is a disease or disorder that is cau... ››› more
  • [31 July 2015]
  • If you have contractors working for you, here's what must you do in terms of COID
  • Let's assume you have outside contractors working for your company, such as cleaners, security, electricians, plumbers etc. When it comes to safety regulations, you know that they must also be registered with COID. But what is your responsibility when it comes to this? Let's take a look. Before you hire contractors, ask for their COID registration number and a copy of their COID letter ... ››› more
  • [02 June 2015]
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