The recent welter of construction accidents brought serious concerns. If you can recall, on January 22, 2014, 2 workers died at a construction in Fusionopolis Way and another died at a construction in Sengkang the next day. The Director for Workplace Safety & Health Yeo Guat Kwang expressed concern in the spate of accidents.
The Director for Workplace Safety & Health spoke on January 27, 2014 that workers need to keep in mind safety. Even if workers have endured mandatory safety courses, they should always think about safety. Furthermore, he stressed the important roles of employers in ensuring the safety of their workers at all times. The employers should strictly follow and observe protocols while they are in the construction site.
If your field is the construction, you should be aware of the WICA (Work Injury Compensation Act) because it can help you when things go wrong. WICA gives injured employee cheap and prompt alternative to settle and claim work-related compensation. If you are recently injured, you are entitled to claim under the WICA. Here are some things that you should remember:
- Prove that it is an accident: If you endured an injury or accident, you can claim under the WICA but you have to prove that the injury or accident happened while you are at work.
- Engage lawyer: If you are thinking about the legal procedures, you do not need lawyers to claim WICA. Engaging lawyer is not a necessity.
- Liability of the employer: The employer is liable for the accident or disease and it should compensate the employee regardless of the type of employment and status.
- Filing civil suit: If you decide to file a civil suit, this is the time that you need a lawyer. You need to prove that the company neglected or ignored you to be successful.