Family of Thai worker killed in accident to receive compensation

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Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The family of a Thai factory worker in Taichung who died Tuesday after being struck on the head by a machine component will receive a sum equal to 45 months of his salary from his employer, in addition to labor insurance payouts, the city’s Labor Affairs Bureau said Wednesday.

The man, who worked in a cast iron factory and whose name has not yet been released by authorities, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Tungs’ Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital. He was struck by a rotating shaft after sticking his head inside a stirring furnace to investigate a strange sound.

His family will receive compensation from the factory owner based on 45 months of average salary, calculated from the last six months, Yu Chih-jen (游志仁), a section chief at Taichung’s Labor Inspection Office, told CNA.

The man’s beneficiaries are also eligible to receive payouts from Taiwan’s compulsory labor insurance, Yu said.

Although the family was contacted Tuesday, they are currently unable to come to Taiwan, said a Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) official, who declined to be identified.

The man’s mother has been notified, but due to difficulty traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, TTEO has requested a letter of authorization from the family for the broker to make the necessary funeral arrangements, he said.

The TTEO also recommended that the man’s body be cremated and his ashes be sent back to Thailand, he said.

“However, responsibility for the accident still needs to be determined and we (the TTEO) will assist the victim’s family in negotiating with the employer,” he said.

The TTEO has also asked relevant labor departments to step up safety inspections to ensure the safety of other migrant workers.

“Thai migrant workers are usually involved in more difficult and dangerous jobs and the incident is very unfortunate,” he said.

Meanwhile, the city’s Labor Inspection Office and the police are conducting detailed investigation and interviewing the man’s workmates, Yu said, adding that the factory employed 31 migrant workers, including 13 from Thailand.

A detailed report will be handed to the Ministry of Labor in about one month’s time and, once approved, will be sent to judicial departments, Yu added.

According to MOL statistics as of the end of May, there were 707,308 migrant workers in Taiwan, including 274,269 from Indonesia, 219,716 from Vietnam, 156,014 from the Philippines, and 57,843 from Thailand.

(By William Yen)

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