Taipei, Sixty percent of workers in Taiwan have suffered occupational injuries or illnesses as a result of which 47 percent have quit their job, according to a survey released Monday by the online 1111 job bank ahead of International Workers' Day.
The poll found that of the self-reported 60 percent of workers who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses, 30 percent were permanent injuries, while 39.65 percent were still receiving medical treatment or undergoing rehabilitation and expected to make a full recovery.
It also shows that 31.28 percent of occupational accidents occurred in old-economy or manufacturing industries.
Meanwhile, up to 64 percent of respondents who suffered from occupational injuries or illnesses said they received no assistance other than that prescribed by the law, while 16.74 percent said they took advantage of employer-sponsored group health insurance plans.
Only 14.54 percent of employers took an interest in injured or ill employees or visited them and 8.37 percent received a period of paid recuperation.
The poll also shows that 47 percent left their jobs after occupational injuries or illnesses, including 32.16 percent who quit voluntarily, 8.37 percent who were forced to leave and 6.61 percent who resigned because they were no longer able to do their job.
The online poll, which was conducted from April 12-27 among 1,128 members of the job bank aged 18 and above. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.92 percentage points.
According to another survey released Monday by the online job bank yes123, office workers in Taiwan work an average 9.1 hours a day, a slight increase from nine hours in a similar poll last year.
However, 37.8 percent of respondents said their work hours were too long, while 60.9 percent were satisfied, the poll showed.
On average, orkers indicated an ideal work day of 7.6 hours, allowing them to strike a better work, life balance.
However, 43.6 percent said they had been asked to work overtime and 52.8 percent have worked overtime at night.
The poll also reveals that 60.3 percent of respondents do not turn off their mobile phones and 86.6 percent deal with work related matters by mobile phone after hours and on weekends.
Meanwhile, workers gave an average score of 56.3 points on a scale measuring life happiness and wellbeing ranging from 0-100 points. That was higher than 55.7 points last year, and the second highest in five years, with the scores from 2014-2016 being 46.2, 47.7 and 56.4 points, respectively.
The online yes123 poll, which was conducted from April 11-23 among members of the job bank aged 20 and above who are currently employed, collected 1,266 valid randomly selected samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.75 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel