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  • Know this common way that incidents lead to accidents and take action!
  • Workplace incidents usually consist of no real harm or loss, but a workplace accident does! An accident in the workplace in the workplace can happen at any moment. They can create a lot of stress for you because thousands, even millions in Compensation claims may need to be paid out. Also, investigations by the Department of Labour around the accident may even lead to your company shutting ... ››› more
  • [13 February 2017]
  • Must I still report an incident concerning a casual worker? Find out here
  • We 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... *****Advertisement***** Revealed: The secrets to compiling COID and DoL compliant incident reports No more sleepless nights worrying if your COID claims will be denied.... ››› more
  • [14 December 2016]
  • Important liabilities OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments
  • A company or an individual may encounter two types of liability. One type is represented by the criminal charges carrying conviction or fines, the second type is represented by the civil claims by damages. In an analysis for Sheqafrica.com, steam legal consultant Shavanya Subramoney explained the liabilities that OHS practitioners face in various legal appointments and scopes of service. Tod... ››› more
  • [14 November 2016]
  • What must you do if your employee is injured during his lunch hour?
  • Your employees' health and safety is important to you. But what are your legal obligations if your employee is knocked down by a car when he's crossing the road during lunch time, can you claim from the Compensation Fund? There's one question on the accident claim form that you need to answer correctly. This will determines if you can claim or not.                             ... ››› more
  • [01 November 2016]
  • No more hiding! Encourage your employees to report incidents with these 7 tips
  • When it comes to 'promoting a culture of health and safety' in the workplace, one of the most important aspects is to encourage a culture of reporting incidents in the workplace. Employees shouldn't hide any incidents in the workplace, but should report them. Doing so will ensure that hazards and risks in the workplace are dealt with before they can affect someone else, which could put your ... ››› more
  • [29 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]
  • Use this procedural checklist if a fatal incident occurs in your workplace
  • No employer likes it when workplace incidents happen in their workplace, especially not fatal ones. They are an unfortunate reality which many employers will be faced with at some stage, especially in workplaces which have high risk environments, such as factories with large machines. Now should you be one of those employers, you'll need to follow the correct legal procedure. And to help yo... ››› more
  • [16 August 2016]
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