GCC Laws
Compensation For Occupational Injuries

Compensation For Occupational Injuries

Article 142: Reporting of Work-Related Injuries

Q. What injuries and diseases are covered by Schedules 1 and 2, as mentioned in Article 142?

Where a worker sustains any of the work-related injuries and occupational diseases listed in Schedules 1 and 2 attached to this Law, the employer or his representative shall report the matter immediately to the police and to the labour department or its local office within whose jurisdiction the place of business is located.

Article 143: Police Investigation and Reporting

Q. Why is this reporting and investigation process important?

On completion of the investigation, the police shall send one copy of the report to the labour department and one to the employer. The labour department may request a supplementary inquiry or may itself conduct one if it finds it necessary to do so.

Article 144: Employer's Responsibility for Treatment

Q. Why is it important for the employer to pay for the cost of treatment, as described in Article 144?

Where a worker sustains a work-related injury or contracts an occupational disease, the employer shall pay for the cost of his treatment in a government or private local medical center until he recovers or is proven disabled.

Article 145: Cash Allowance for Injured Worker

Q. Why is the cash allowance provided, and how is it calculated, according to Articles 145 and 146?

Where an injury prevents a worker from carrying out his work, the employer shall pay him a cash allowance equal to his full pay throughout the period of treatment or for a period of six months, whichever is shorter.

Article 146: Calculation of Cash Allowance

Q. How is the cash allowance calculated, and what are the criteria for calculating it?

The cash allowance referred to in the preceding Article shall be calculated on the basis of the last wage received (for monthly, weekly, daily, or hourly paid workers), and on the basis of the average daily wage referred to in Article 57 (for those paid on a piecemeal basis).

Article 147: Attending Physician's Report

Q. What information is included in the attending physician's report, as mentioned in Article 147?

On finalization of treatment, the attending physician shall compile a report specifying the nature and cause of the injury, the date of its occurrence, the extent to which it is work-related, the period of treatment, whether it resulted in permanent or other disability, the degree of disability (if any), and more.

Article 148: Dispute Resolution for Worker's Fitness

Q. Why would the matter be referred to the Ministry of Health, as stated in Article 148?

Where a dispute arises as to the extent of a worker's physical fitness for work, degree of disability, or any other matter related to his injury or treatment, the matter shall be referred to the Ministry of Health.

Article 149: Compensation for Worker's Death

Q. What factors determine compensation for the worker's death, as outlined in Article 149?

Where a worker dies as a result of a work-related injury or an occupational disease, the members of his family shall be entitled to compensation equal to his basic wage for twenty-four months.

Article 150: Compensation for Permanent Partial Disability

Q. How is compensation calculated for permanent partial disability, as mentioned in Article 150?

Where a work-related injury or an occupational disease permanently renders a worker partially disabled, he shall be entitled to compensation at the applicable rate specified in the two schedules attached to this Law, multiplied by the applicable death compensation amount provided for in the first paragraph of the preceding Article.

Article 151: Compensation for Permanent Total Disability

Q. Why is the compensation the same for permanent total disability and death, according to Article 151?

The amount of compensation payable to a worker in the event of his permanent total disability shall be the same amount as that payable in the event of his death.

Article 152: Amendment of Schedules and Disability Compensation Assessment

Q. What is the significance of amending these schedules, as stated in Article 152?

The Minister of Labour, when necessary, and with the consent of the Minister of Health, may amend schedules I and 2 attached hereto, concerning occupational diseases, and disability compensation assessment.

Article 153: Limitations on Compensation for Injuries or Disabilities

Q. What circumstances limit compensation for injuries or disabilities, as detailed in Article 153?

An injured worker shall not be entitled to any compensation for an injury or disability that did not result in his death under certain circumstances, including if he willfully brought about his own injury with the intention of committing suicide or obtaining compensation, or if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or if he intentionally violated safety instructions or if his injury resulted from gross misconduct.

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