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RFMF Engineer Grateful For Compensation

The handover ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
03 Sep 2020 10:32
RFMF Engineer Grateful For Compensation
Ratu Joni Vunaki.

When Ratu Joni Vunaki lost his right forearm after an electrocution in a workplace injury, he thought it was the end of his youth.

But yesterday’s event gave the 25 year-old hope after he received his compensation from the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

The handover ceremony was officiated by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The father of two children, who is an engineer in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, was electrocuted with a work colleague while at work on December 7, 2017.

“We were attaching corrugated roofing irons on a rooftop and there was an electric wire that was crossing the rooftop that we were working on,” Mr Vunaki said.

“It started to rain and one of the roofing iron we had passed to those at the top touched the electric wire which caused me and another colleague’s electrocution,” he said.

“I was rushed to the hospital and I lost my colleague on the same day while I was fighting for my life.”

He said he has undergone four surgeries – two in Fiji and in two India – and had only agreed to amputation in June last year because he couldn’t bear the pain.

“I now intend to buy land and build a new home for my family.”

Ratu Joni added that he continued receiving his weekly wages to this day and looked forward to returning to work with light duties.

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