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Employers required to report work injuries within 8 hours

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Employers are obliged to report severe injuries incurred by their employees within eight hours of their occurrence to local inspection offices, based on an amendment to the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

A severe injury is defined as serious damage to limbs or organs, major loss of bodily functions or a hospitalization of 24 hours or more.

According to the original regulation, employers only have to report accidents if there is a fatal incident or as many as three people are involved in a severe injury, and they have to do so within 24 hours.

The updated regulation stipulates that employers need to report work injuries even when only one person is involved and within eight hours. Failing to do so, companies may be levied between NT$30,000 and NT$300,000 in fines.

The amendment, which will be put into effect his month, aims to provide the government with greater authority to manage and intervene in work-related accidents.

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) will assist victims with a range of services including counseling, compensation and medical treatment. Since work injuries usually affect victims' families and levy an economic toll, the government is investing more resources to help victims cope with such unfortunate events. The MOL has established a new bureau that will monitor accident reports, prevention, inspection and re-employment assistance.

It is estimated that 3,000 workers annually will benefit from the new regulation. They will receive the government's full range of assistance after unfortunate events occur.

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