Nobody ask for accident to happen, and yet, sometimes it happens. According to data from SOCSO (Social Security Organization of Malaysia), in year 2017 alone, almost 70,000 accidents were reported. In which, almost 36,661 cases were reported as industrial accidents and another 33,319 cases were commuting accidents.
We understand that there are times where the injured worker, got into an accident, not because of their own fault. Some were injured while riding motorbike going back home from work, when other reckless driver ran into them. Some were injured at workplace, because their colleague did not follow standard operating procedure (SOP).
Injured workers on long medical leave (MC) can affect a company productivity, especially if it involves key employee. For example, a specialized technician who is in-charge of maintaining a 24-hour running machine. No other technicians are qualified and has the in-depth knowledge about the machine. If the machine breaks down for whatever reasons, thats it. A company cannot afford to find a suitable temporary replacement and at the same time, without this specialized worker, the business is at risk. If the specialized technician ignores doctor advice and continue working, his health condition may deteriorate and the company will lose him permanently. This is where a proper Return To Work Program is needed. Who decide if the worker start working early or need more time to recover? Ideally an Occupational Health Doctor (OHD) should lead the decision. The treating doctor/specialist in hospital, has absolutely no idea what its like in the workplace (they have never set foot there physically), and the employer has absolutely no idea, if their worker’s life is at stake here. Someone who has medical and workplace industrial health knowledge is the best person to help company make a better informed decision, taking the workers health and the employers interest into consideration.