Every business with more than one employee must register/contribute to the Compensation Fund through the Commissioner. When a COIDA claim is approved, this is the fund that provides financial compensation.
Paying into the fund isn’t enough. It’s your duty to prevent
injuries from occurring in the first place. Here are several investments that will make your workplace safer: 1. Strictly enforced safety policies
Having safety policies is important, but only strictly enforced policies can prevent injuries on the job. A safety policy isn’t going to prevent injuries on its own.
For instance, say your company policy states that all personnel must wear non-slip shoes. When an employee has gotten away with wearing casual sneakers for a long time, they won’t have any incentive to wear non-slip shoes until they slip.
Enforcing a policy requiring non-slip shoes means not allowing any employee to work at all unless they’re wearing the right shoes. It doesn’t mean letting them slide today because you’re short on staff. An injury can take place at any time. You can’t afford to take any chances. Educate your employees about the safety policies you enforce
One of the best investments you can make is taking the time to put together an informative presentation on safety, and the consequences of ignoring safety policies. This isn’t a presentation to be casual about, either. It must cut straight to the point and demonstrate the life-or-death situation employees put themselves in by ignoring safety policies.
A good example of effective education can be seen in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving
campaigns. This organisation gives live presentations at high schools across the country, sharing the gruesome details of what can happen when a person drives drunk. They don’t hold back, either. The presentations show graphic images of crushed cars and mangled bodies. Whenever possible, they present a speaker who either survived a drunk driving accident and has been severely disfigured, or caused the accident and feels unfathomable remorse.
The impact of seeing the reality of the consequences is what gets the message across.
When it comes to your company policies, don’t be afraid to share the gruesome details of what can happen when safety precautions are ignored. Present a slideshow of injuries caused by carelessness using the same equipment you use.
You have to bring it home for people to understand, or they won’t relate it to their lives. Sometimes you need to scare people out of their comfortable bubble and into compliance. 2. Purchase the right equipment for the job
In the manufacturing industry, there are endless opportunities for injury to occur. Employees often need to lift heavy, odd-shaped items with unequal weight distribution, causing severe back injuries. Even regularly lifting lighter items onto high shelves is enough to cause repetitive motion injuries.
Cable balancers and industrial manipulators are just two pieces of equipment that relieve this dilemma and support the wellbeing of your employees. Dalmec describes the difference
between these two pieces of equipment: “Cable balancers, also called rigid arm manipulators, are best for moving lighter objects that are in standard shapes.”
Dalmec says balancers rely on steel or nylon cables to move products up and down, as opposed to an industrial manipulator which has a “rigid steel manipulator arm that allows complex pneumatic tilts and rotations, even when the product being moved is handled outside its centre of mass.”
Both of these pieces of equipment are essential tools for maintaining a safe workplace for employees who have to lift and move things during the day. 3. Routine inspections and maintenance
Much like a car, any piece of equipment you have on your job site needs to be regularly inspected and maintained. All it takes is one malfunction for an injury to occur. Properly inspected machines can be serviced before it’s too late. Handling injury claims
It’s important to understand who is eligible to file a claim
for compensation. For instance, a domestic worker employed privately in a home cannot claim; neither can members of the SA police Services or National Defense Force.
You may also want to familiarise yourself with the process
an employee would need to go through to file a claim so you’re prepared to handle the situation appropriately.