Safety and Injury on Duty
Staff Safety at RU
The requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act must be met to protect staff from injury and harm while at work.
Injury on duty at RU
In line with legal requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, incidents of injury on duty must be reported within 24 hours to the HR Generalist for your Faculty or work area. Please follow the supervisor's procedure and report requirements: Injury On Duty
Insurance Coverage (Employee Accident Insurance Benefits)
At Rhodes University, the portfolio of insurance for the institution includes a short-term employee acciddent insurance policy which is renewed anually. The policy provides accident insurance cover for various categories of employees and members of the Board of Governors and Council. This cover is in respect of accidental death or injury caused by outward violent and visible means. The premiums for this policy are paid for by Rhodes University and therefore legally, the insurance company is required to pay the institution for any claims. In the event of death of the staff member, the full benefits received will accrue to the employee's estate, to be distributed in line with the general requirements of the deceased.
The protocol outlines this in more detail:Protocol for Principles related to Employee Accident Insurance Benefits
Financial support for staff in the event of minor injury on duty
As an employer, Rhodes University will support staff in the event of injury on duty or accidents whilst on duty as follows:
- Facilitating the execution of statutory processes where statutory insurances are to be claimed e.g. COID Act, Road Accident Fund etc. This is detailed in the protocol entitled "Protocol regarding Incidents and Injuries on Duty resulting in Personal Injury"
- Providing additional short-term insurance to cover specific eventualities. This is detailed in the protocol entitled Protocol for Principles related to Employee Accident Insurance Benefits for employees of Rhodes University; and
- Providing limited assistance as regards the replacement of personal items. See the protocol covering this. Protocol re support for staff in the event of injury on duty