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What is the ZERO is No Accident initiative?
The construction industry is expected to rebound significantly in 2022, and expand by 9.1% in real terms, positioning it as a significant contributor to South Africa’s post COVID-19 economic recovery, and national infrastructure development plan.
According to The Construction Industry in South Africa 2020 report , in 2019, the value added by the construction sector accounted for around 4% of the country’s GDP and employed well over 1.3 million people.
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Who benefits from the “ZERO IS NO ACCIDENT” initiative?
Workmen’s compensation is a compulsory insurance that is taken out by a company to cover its employees in the unfortunate event that they are injured, or contract an illness while performing their daily work duties.
Workmen’s compensation cover is prescribed by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130of 1993 (COIDA). This insurance covers accidents that arise out of and during employment resulting in personal injury or illness; occupational diseases contracted in the workplace; and fatalities resulting from an accident while on duty.
Statistics released by the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) show an alarming number of injuries in the construction industry. FEM is one of two organisations providing workmen’s compensation for the construction industry.
Why is the “ZERO IS NO ACCIDENT”initiative important?
FEM, through the ZERO IS NO ACCIDENT initiative, seeks to mitigate the risk for both employers and employees by delivering a preferred, excellent, and sustainable workmen’s compensation service that champions health and safety in the workplace as a key pillar to the continued growth and success of the industry, provide quality care, empathy and financial support to employees, and their families in the unfortunate event of an accident, illness, or untimely death.
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