The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act requires employers to report all accidents at work.
Reporting an accident
When employers want to report an accident, they must use the following steps:
Step 1: Fill in the form
Employers must fill in Part A of the W.Cl.2 form. You can get the form at any labour centre or on the website.
Step 2: Give the form to the doctor
Employers must tear off Part B of the W.Cl.2 form and give it to the doctor or hospital as soon as possible.
Step 3: Send the forms to the Compensation Fund
Employers must send the form to the Compensation Fund as soon as possible. They do not have to wait for the part the doctor has to fill in. Once employers receive the doctor’s part of the form, they can send that too.
They can send it to:
The Compensation Commissioner
PO Box 955
Step 4: Pay compensation to the worker
Employers must pay compensation to the worker for the first 3 months after the accident. The Compensation Fund will refund the employer for this.
Step 5: Send follow-up forms
Employers must send the First Medical Report (W.Cl.4) as soon as they get it from the doctor.
If the worker stays away from work for a long time, employers must get the Progress Medical Report (W.Cl.5) from the doctor and send it to the Fund every month.
When the worker starts to work again, employers must send the Resumption Report (W.Cl.6), together with the Final Medical Report (W.Cl.5) to the Compensation Fund.
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.