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Eligible claims under WICA

The Work Injury Compensation Act lets you claim for injuries and occupational diseases that happen at work or as a result of work.

When you can claim

If you are an eligible employee, you can make a claim under the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) if you have:

  • Been injured by an accident arising out of and in the course of employment.
  • Been injured while on an overseas assignment.
  • Contracted an Occupational Disease.
  • Contracted a disease from exposure to biological or chemical agents at work.

What accidents does WICA cover

WICA covers accidents arising out of and in the course of employment.

Unless there is evidence to prove otherwise, an accident in the course of employment is regarded as arising out of employment.

Scenarios covered under WICA

You are covered under WICA if you:

  • Work in a wood factory and injure your finger while building a cupboard.
  • Get into an accident while taking a company vehicle to or from work.
  • Get into an accident while taking any vehicle to a work-related engagement (meeting, site visit etc.).
  • Injure yourself while working on a Singapore registered vessel, anywhere in the world.
  • Are employed by a Singaporean company, live in Singapore and get injured while on an overseas work assignment.
  • Injure yourself when you slip and fall at work.
  • Injure yourself in a work-related fight where you were a victim and did not participate in the fight, were acting in self-defence or were instructed to break up the fight.

Scenarios not covered under WICA

You are not covered under WICA if you:

  • Work in a wood factory and injure your finger while building a cupboard for yourself during your free time at work.
  • Get into an accident while taking your own vehicle, a friend's car or public transportation to or from work.
  • Get into an accident while taking any vehicle to a work-related engagement, but you took a detour to run a personal errand.
  • Injure yourself if you slip and fall at work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Deliberately injure yourself.
  • Injure yourself during a fight with a co-worker.

Last Updated: 3 September 2015