|(archive photo by Jeong Ki-hoon/The Labor Today)|
It is confirmed that the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) is currently studying a plan putting responsibility to substantiate the work-related accidents or diseases in relation to the exposure to harmful substances on the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service(COMWEL) instead of the victims, amid the controversy of confidential business information if or not the working environment measurement result report on Samsung Semiconductor and Samsung Display plants shall be made public.
Park Young-man, director general in charge of industrial accident prevention and compensation policy of the MOEL, said in a phone call with the Labor Today that "there occurs a time-consuming and unnecessary controversy surrounding the release of the Samsung working environment measurement result report." He continued that "the MOEL is studying a plan to improve the process by putting responsibility on the COMWEL to substantiate the work-related accidents bestowing them with the authority to investigate and decide the claims."
Currently, when a worker files an application for the industrial accident compensation insurance benefits, the applicant has to prove that his or her injury was caused by the exposure to harmful substances.
reported by Bae Hye-jung
translated by Kim Sung-jin
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