Two Singapore employers charged for not insuring workers

Firms did not purchase mandatory insurance coverage for a total of 25 employees, says government ministry

Two Singapore employers charged for not insuring workers

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Two companies in Singapore were charged for not purchasing mandatory work injury insurance for 25 employees, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

A total of 25 counts of violating the Work Injury Compensation Act were filed against Extrovert Engineering and Suriakumar Ridgeway on Thursday, according to a press release from the Ministry.

Sujan Ahmed Late Ali Ahmed, a Bangladeshi worker hired by Ridgeway, suffered elbow and back injuries after falling off a ladder at work on May 30, 2015, reports Channel News Asia. Investigations revealed that Ridgeway did not purchase work injury compensation cover for 11 of its employees, including Sujan.

Ridgeway also faces an additional charge for failing to compensate Sujan the amount of SGD$9,144.97 as ordered by the Assistant Commissioner of Work Injury Compensation.

Meanwhile, Extrovert Engineering was found to have injury compensation insurance for only eight of its 22 workers. This was discovered after Ali Syed Rubel, a Bangladeshi worker, dislocated his left shoulder due to a workplace fall in March 2016, said the Ministry.  The company ended up paying Ali Syed SGD$5,973,14 in compensation.

“Work injury compensation insurance is not only a requirement by law but protects employers against workplace liabilities,” the Ministry said. It also promised to “deal severely” with any employers that deny their workers their rightful cover.

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