a) EMPLOYERS BENEFITS OF REGISTERING WITH WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FUND CONTROL BOARD (BOARD)
The following are some of the benefits that accrue to employers who are compliant with the Workers’ Compensation Act No. 10 of 1999:
- Transfer of liability of compensating workers and/or dependents due to occupational accidents and diseases suffered by the worker to the Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board.
- The employer is absolved from civil suits arising from incidences of occupational accidents and diseases provided no negligence on the part of the employer is ruled to the cause of the accident or contraction of occupational disease by the worker.
- The employer gets to benefit from rebates arising from a no-claims record due to no or a minimal number of accident or disease incidences.
- The employer gets to benefit from a reimbursement system for all the medical expenses reasonably incurred following the accident involving an employee.
- The employer gets to benefit from a reimbursement system for all the periodical payments paid to the injured worker during the period the worker is rendered unproductive by the injuries sustained in an occupational accident.
- The employer earns access to free occupational safety and health training provided by Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board Occupational Safety and Health experts.
b) WORKERS BENEFITS OF BEING COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FUND CONTROL BOARD (BOARD)
The following benefits accrue to a worker who is covered for occupational accidents and disease incidences in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Act No. 10 of 1999:
- Access to compensation by way of a monthly Life Pension payment or Lump Sum amount depending on the degree of disablement suffered.
- Access to Return to Work Programme which aims at re-skilling the disabled worker to enable them to do work that matches their newly acquired condition.
- Access to assistive mobility devices at the expense of the Board.
- Access to the Return to Good Health Programme that aims at restoring an injured/disabled worker to a condition that is as close as possible to their pre-accident state.
- Commutation of the monthly pension with a view to yielding a lump sum amount for investment in a business venture and acquiring of assets.
- Access to pension advance for the purpose of meeting short term needs.
- Access to medical attention on the Board’s expense necessitated by the injuries suffered following the accident.
- Access to post-accident counselling services provided by the Board’s experts.