TRANSIENT Workers Count Too expressed concerns about employers who failed to purchase insurance for work injury compensation ("Enforce law requiring work injury compensation insurance"; Aug 22). In fact, the vast majority of permanent incapacity claims are insured. From 2007 to last year, an average of 4,800 permanent incapacity claims were awarded each year. Of these, almost 99 per cent were insured.
Fewer than 60 cases per year were not insured. The reasons for the failure to insure vary.
Many are the result of an administrative oversight; a small number arise due to the companies' financial difficulty.
Over the same period, we prosecuted and convicted 14 employers for non-insurance and non-payment of compensation, while for the remaining cases, employers subsequently paid out the work injury compensation due to workers.
The letter cited anecdotes that we advised workers to sue the employers. This is inaccurate.
Should employers refuse to make good the work injury payment despite our intervention, we will prosecute such employers.
Workers who face difficulty in recovering compensation are advised to approach us for assistance. We have interpreters on hand to better assist workers with their issues.
We do not condone the non-payment of compensation due to injured workers by employers and will not hesitate to enforce the requirements.