Workers who are involved in accidents during their commute to or from work will now be eligible for compensation, following the enactment of new legislation to categorise commuting as a continuation of work.
Previously, the definition of workplace accident did not include most accidents that occurred during a commute other than those occurring under the supervision of business owners (e.g. accidents while driving a company car), and that had barred victims from claiming compensation for injuries on duty.
Under the new workplace safety reform legislation, commuters using a wide range of modes of transport, including vehicles, buses, trains, and bicycles will be compensated for accidents on their way to and from work, reported Korea Bizwire.
They can seek recourse from occupational health and safety insurance and motor insurance. In addition, workers who are involved in accidents outside their usual commuting routes, such as on their way to a grocery store or hospital, will also be able to claim compensation.
However, those in occupations whose commuting routes are not regular, like taxi drivers, will only be able to turn to occupational health and safety insurance.