Is It the Responsibility of Migrant Workers to Not Know the End of Industrial Accidents?

Is it the responsibility of migrant workers to not know the end of industrial accidents? During counseling by Park Jeong-hyung at the Korea Migrant Human Rights Center, he meets migrant workers who have suffered industrial accidents. In addition to simple bruises, there are workers whose arms or hands have been amputated by machines such as presses. In the event of an industrial accident requiring surgery, the company applies for industrial accident insurance to the Korea Labor Welfare Corporation. It is as if the company has fulfilled its obligations. I believe that the patient’s share of receiving hospital treatment lies with the patient. I often experience frustrating things happening in these situations. When workers apply for an industrial accident, they usually designate a hospital to receive treatment, and if they want to change hospitals, they apply for all of them. If treatment is not completed, the treatment period may be extended. In addition, 70% of the average salary is paid if you are unable to engage in income activities due to medical care. However, in the case of migrant workers who come to our center, there are cases where they do not go through the above basic procedures and do not receive proper treatment and compensation. A Cambodian worker who recently visited the center had half of his left thumb amputated, and his left finger is difficult to bend. There was an accident in March, and the company applied for an industrial accident and had surgery. However, he recently went to the hospital to receive more treatment, and he said he had to pay for it. went to that hospital. The hospital said that the treatment ended in June. He said he was sick, but when asked how the treatment ended, he shifted the blame to the migrant worker. The patient did not come to the hospital well, In the meantime, the treatment period is over. Then, when I asked him why he didn’t tell me that he had to extend the treatment period, he called the company and asked if he would extend it, and the company said that he couldn’t. In a word, it was crazy. It’s not just Cambodian workers. When migrant workers who underwent sutures due to amputation of their fingers no longer have their bent fingers moving, they even claim disability compensation, and sometimes they think that it is fortunate that the migrant workers do not understand Korean well. A doctor at a hospital near the industrial complex, experienced in the past, did not write a medical certificate to the migrant worker, saying, ‘I am trying to get a medical certificate for disability compensation without receiving hard treatment.’ Then, when asked, ‘Can you move your bent fingers if you try now?’ The worker had never been properly told by the doctor how much treatment he had to take, how to work hard, and how his finger could be improved in the future. No, I can’t understand the words, so I don’t know what the doctor said. I couldn’t go to the hospital on a regular basis because I had to make money, and as time passed, my fingers became stiff without ever hearing about the end of the treatment period, the end of treatment, or the application for disability compensation. Whose responsibility is this? It is said that over 6,000 migrant workers suffer industrial accidents every year. While so many migrant workers are suffering industrial accidents, the Korea Labor Welfare Service or the Ministry of Employment and Labor seem to be letting the companies, hospitals, and patients take care of all these situations. Efforts to prevent industrial accidents are important, but sufficient efforts should be made to guide the procedures and follow-up management so that workers who have already suffered industrial accidents can fully utilize the institutionalized procedures.

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