The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act gives workers the right to claim compensation if they were injured or go ill at work.
When workers want to claim they must use the following steps:
Step 1: Fill in the form
Workers must report their injury or disease to their supervisor or employer immediately. Their employer must report it to the Compensation Fund and send in the necessary forms.
Step 2: Get forms from the doctor
Workers must get the W.Cl.2 or W.Cl.1 form from their employer and take it to the doctor when they go for a visit. After the doctor has filled in the form, workers must take it back to their employer. Workers must take any other forms the doctor gives them to their employer.
Step 3: Keep in touch with the employer
Workers must let their employers know when their address change and keep in touch with them. Workers’ money will be sent to their employer’s address, so it is important that their employer can find them. If employers do not send in the forms or the claims takes long, workers must contact the nearest labour centre and report it.
Originally appeared on labour.gov.za on 14-09-2007. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.