DAILY LAW TIPS by Onyekachi Umah, Esq.(Tip 256)
“DURATION FOR COMMUNICATION OF INJURY BY WORKERS TO AVOID LOSS OF COMPENSATION IN ANY WORKPLACE IN NIGERIA.”
Employee, workers, staff, contract staff, permanent and temporal staff of any government or private sector are all protected and to be paid for injury/disease/death sustained because of their work. Where an employee has such injury he must communicate same to his employer through a manager, supervisor or agent in charge of the place of work within 14 days. Where such employee is dead, then his dependants must make the communication. The communication must contain the name of the employee, time and place of event as well as the nature and cause of same in simple language.
Where an employee or his dependants fail to make such communication, they are prohibited from making any claims for compensation under the Employees’ Compensation Act. The Board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund May still allow such employee/his dependants to make claims where the board believes that the employer of such employee is aware of the incident and has not been prejudiced and the employee sufficiently described his disease or injury.
My authorities are sections 4(1) and (4), 73 and 74 of the Employees’ Compensation Act, 2010.
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