Thabo, a worker, says he has developed an ailment after breathing in dust in an area where he is required to pick up a product that he transports.
What kind of steps can he take if the company refuses to cover his medical treatment?
The area in which we collect the product is indoors and there is so much dust inside, you cannot load it if you do not go into the area.— Thabo, Worker
Labour lawyer Natasha Moni answers this and other questions.
In terms of ailments you have two choices. You can go to the workmen's compensation and try and claim. You can ask the company for their doctor, if the company doesn't give you their doctor then go to your own doctor.— Natasha Moni, Labour lawyer
Then I would also try and question their safety health officer to say: 'Look I am sick, I can't breathe properly when I enter the interior of your building, is it safe, have you checked? Can I see your manual that you have filled out to say that it is safe?' If you are not getting any joy, then I would complain to the Labour Department about it.— Natasha Moni, Labour lawyer
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