Thursday, July 11, 2013

Construction worker showshis gratitude

ALOR STAR: Tan Chew Seong had always been very careful when carrying out his job as a construction worker.

An expert on installing water tanks, the 39-year-old fell several floors from a multi-storey building under construction here last October.
Fortunately, he survived the fall but suffered a broken left hand. He has since been operated on three times and been in and of hospital a number of times, including being warded for 15 days immediately after that ill-fated day
Thanks to his employer for registering him and his colleagues with the Social Security Organisation, most of his medical needs were attended to by the organisation, set up by the Government to provide social security protection by social insurance including medical and cash benefits.
Socso also provides artificial aids and rehabilitation to employees to reduce the suffering and to provide financial guarantees and protection to the family. For Tan, Socso's assistance was timely.
"Thanks to Socso, the compensation I received is helping me meet some financial commitments," he said after receiving a cheque for RM37,439.82 from Kedah Socso director Othman Mohd Nordin, recently.
Tan said he was eager to resume work but doctors had advised him to opt for lighter work to ensure his broken hand healed more quickly and permanently.
"My hand hasn't completely healed from the accident and doctors have advised me to avoid heavy jobs," he said.
Meanwhile, Othman said Socso disbursed a total RM2.8 million to employees involved in accidents at the workplace last year. He said the amount was about a 56 per cent increase from the RM1.8 million disbursed in compensation in 2011.
"Most of the cases were not at the workplace but they involved those commuting to and from work," he said.
He did not have the figures for the accident cases for last year.
However, he said road accidents involving workers registered with Socso rose by about four per cent in 2011 compared to 2010. In 2010, there were 57,639 cases but the number rose to 59,897 in 2011.
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