As many as 7,776 workers in the private sector sustained workplace injuries during the third quarter of 2018 with an average of 86 cases every day, according to the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).
It said there were 1,735 workers in the age group of 30-34 who were subjected to various work injuries during the first nine months of the year, representing 22.31% of the total. GOSI said the workers in the age group of 22-29 came second with 1,477 cases, representing 18.99%.
It said there were 1,368 injuries among the workers in the age group of 35-39 representing 17.59%, followed by the workers in the age group of 40-44 with 1,025 cases or 13.18%. There were 1,234 injuries among the workers in the age group of 45-54 and 451 injuries among the workers aged between 55-59. There were 197 cases among workers who were above 60.
According to GOSI, workplace injuries are the accidents that happen while the workers are physically present in the workplaces or while they are on their way to work from homes or back.
It said even if an accident happens while a worker is on his way to a restaurant or mosque from his workplace or vice versa, the case will be considered a workplace injury.
GOSI said in order for the worker to be paid compensation for the injury, he should notify the employer at least a week from the date of the injury.
Under the labour law, workers who sustain work injuries are entitled to treatment expenses and financial compensation.
Source Credit: Saudi Gazette