Employer fine for not reporting workplace injuries

Any work related injury which causes an employee to be absent for three or more days must by reported to the Ministry of Labour

Employers face fine for failing to report workers' injuries.
Employers face fine for failing to report workers' injuries.

A $2700 (AED10,000) fine is set to be imposed on companies who fail to report occupational injuries, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) revealed.

Any work related injury, which causes an employee to be absent from work for three days or more, must now be reported to the MOL within 24 hours of the incident, Gulf News reported.

Occupational injuries include those duirng working hours or while commuting from or to work - as long as the employee doesn't interrupt of deviate from their usual routine.

A disease caught from one of the listed occupational labour disease agendas is also considered a work related injury. 

Commenting on the new procedure, Maher Al Obed, assistant undersecretary for inspectional affairs, said: "The ministry's keenness to provide a safe working environment for workers comes as a support to avoid occupational injuries and through the application of innovative standards for occupational safety and health in addition to taking the necessary steps against the non-complying facilities we shall reach positive outcomes."

"Facilities that didn't report occupational injuries, illness or deaths are violating the Cabinet decision No. 40 of 2014 which states a $2700 (AED10,000) fine per non-reported case, then the Ministry of Labour shall blacklist the company till they solve the offence," he added. 

For an injury report to be filed, the worker's name, labour card number, property number, date of injury and contact phone number are required.

Following the injury, the employer must cover all costs of treatment until the employee is able to return to work or presents a clear statement of permnanet disability. 


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