April 4th, 2018
Karthipan once a high-spirited young man in Tamil Nadu was employed by Operational Energy Group Ltd., to carry out maintenance work on the conveyor belt of the Phosphoric Acid Plant at Sterlite Copper which is a subsidiary of the Metals and Mining Multinational Vedanta Resources. However, soon his life got shattered in one instant when the plant unexpectedly started running, thus, dragging Karthipan’s arm into the conveyor belt. He was initially admitted to a nearby local hospital but only after his co-workers threatened to demonstrate outside the plant with Karthipan lying on the ground, he was taken to Thiraviyam Hospital in Nagercoil with better amenities.
Initially, for a period of 10 months, he received medical support stipend but that too has been stopped. The young man has been left to fend for his livelihood without any help or assistance from the company or government till date.
This is quite the scenario that a workman is exploited and abused throughout his employment and is further neglected as soon as the workman falls sick, suffers from an injury/ disability etc. Therefore, the need of the hour is to build and maintain preventive safety and health culture with a view to improve the safety, health and environment at the workplace by focusing on prevention strategies on work-related injuries and diseases.
Under the Workmen’s Compensation Act every employee (including those employed through a contractor but excluding casual employees), who is engaged for the purpose of employer’s business and who suffers an injury in any accident arising out of and in the course of his employment, shall be entitled to compensation.
This article helps every worker/ employee understand the correct legal procedure to receive compensation for the services provided by the workman. This Act provides a right to the person disabled to be able to sustain even if he is not employed at the moment.