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A. Work-related injuries and the relevant compensations

Most of the matters that relate to work-related injuries and their respective forms of compensation are governed by the Employees' Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282 of the Laws of Hong Kong) ("the ECO").

 

The ECO applies to all full-time or part-time employees who are employed under contracts of employment or apprenticeship, including domestic helpers, agricultural employees, crewmembers of Hong Kong ships, and any persons who are employed in any capacities on board Hong Kong ships.

 

Employers are liable to pay compensation for injuries that are sustained by their employees as a result of accidents that arise out of and in the course of employment; or of occupational diseases that are specified in the ECO.

 

The ECO also applies to employees who are employed by local employers in Hong Kong and are injured while working outside of Hong Kong. Even if the employers are carrying on business outside Hong Kong, or the employees are the crewmembers of foreign ships, the Ordinance still applies if the employers submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts of Hong Kong.

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