ACCF makes compensation payment for an employment death
September 19, 2019 12:35 pm
The Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji has made its first payment to the partner of the victim of an employment accident.
This was possible with the extension of the no-fault compensation scheme to employment accidents pursuant to the Accident Compensation (Employment Accidents) Regulations 2018 which came into force from 01st January 2019.
The deceased worker was found dead at his worksite in the morning of 04th February 2019.
He was employed as a Security Officer and his body was discovered by a co-worker.
He was on his night shift duty at the EFL Deuba Power Station.
It is alleged that the deceased worker was murdered while on duty.
Upon receiving the application from his partner with all relevant information, ACCF processed it in a timely manner and assessed his compensation in accordance with the Accident Compensation Act 2017 and Regulations.
After receiving her compensation, the deceased worker’s partner was grateful to ACCF for their efficient and quick turnaround time.
The Commission says this is a good example of an applicant receiving compensation without having to prove fault and avoiding long protracted legal proceedings.
Under the Accident Compensation (Employment Accidents) Regulations 2018, compensation is payable for injuries or death as a result of an accident arising out of and in the course of employment.
A worker is defined as any person who has entered into or works under a contract of service or apprenticeship with an employer.
ACCF offers the following health and safety tips for security guards:
• Wear appropriate clothing
• Know your workplace hazards
• Be familiar with emergency procedures
• Understand the limitations of your abilities
ACCF further recommends that all security companies provide adequate training to staff and ensure key risks to security officers are identified and addressed.
Workers and employers are encouraged to take personal responsibility and all necessary steps to prevent employment accidents.
If a “worker” suffers any personal injury as a result of an accident arising out of and in the course of employment, the workers employer must report the accident to the Permanent Secretary responsible for Employment and ACCF within 14 days from the date the employer becomes aware of the accident and injury (ACCF Form 1).
If a “worker” dies as a result of an accident arising out of and in the course of employment, the workers employer must report the death of the worker to the Permanent Secretary responsible for Employment and ACCF within 7 days from the date that the employer becomes aware of the accident and death (ACCF Form 1).