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Authority Hears Of Two Work Accidents

Two applications for injuries at work- places have been received since the Compensation for Employment and School Accidents Act came into effect on January 1. The Act comes under the
18 Jan 2019 15:49
Authority Hears Of Two Work Accidents
ACCF chief executive officer Parvez Akbar.

Two applications for injuries at work- places have been received since the Compensation for Employment and School Accidents Act came into effect on January 1.

The Act comes under the Accident Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF).

In a statement yesterday, ACCF chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said it was now the duty of an employer to report any accidents or injuries to workers arising out of and in the course of employment to the Permanent Secretary for Employment and ACCF.

“We have also received 24 notifications from the employers,” Mr Akbar said.

“Out of the 24 notifications from the employers we received, one is a death case. “The injuries reported so far mostly relate to cuts, bruises, or fractures. No compensation has been made to date.”

Mr Akbar also confirmed they have not received any application in respect to accidents within school premises.

He also highlighted that the ACCF was receiving an average of 25 calls from employers and 15 personal visits made to their office from people wanting to understand more about the scheme.

In earlier reports, Mr Akbar had said compensation for employment and school accidents would be operated under the broader Accident Act 2017, ranging from $75,000 to $150,000.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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