By Beatrice Thomas
Company claimed manhole cover worker had not lost his income as was still employed
A worker who had three fingers severed while working for a company making sewerage manhole covers has been awarded AED75,000 ($20,419) compensation, a national newspaper reported.
The Abu Dhabi appellate court ordered the payment after finding the worker suffered physical and moral damages as a result of the incident.
It followed an earlier verdict from the Abu Dhabi Misdemeanors Court, which convicted the contracting company of neglectfully causing the injury by not meeting safety and security rules, the Khaleej Times newspaper reported.
It said the contracting company that manufactured sewerage manhole covers failed to provide its workers with protection tools.
The worker’s lawsuit stated that he demanded compensation for loss of livelihood and moral harms, agony, sadness and pain following the injury to his right hand.
However, the contractor said the employee did not lose his source of income as he would continue to be employed by the company.
The newspaper reported that the company demanded the worker be seen by a medical panel to confirm he had a disability of 8 percent in his fingers as well as a disability of 4 percent in his palm.
It put forward a compensation offer of AED21,000 ($5717) and that it be paid by the insurance company.
However, this was rejected by the court and the company was ordered to pay Dh50,000 ($13,613), which was later increased to AED75,000 ($20,419) after the worker took the case to the appellate court.