On Aug. 4, Chen Chia-wei, the editor of the Facebook page maintained by the Jinshan District Office in New Taipei City, suddenly died at home, and family members suspected overwork. The New Taipei City Government formed an investigatory task force, which announced on Sept. 17 that Chen died in the line of duty, and his death therefore meets the criteria for compensation.
On Aug. 4, Chen Chia-wei, the 29-year-old editor of the Facebook page maintained by the Jinshan District Office in New Taipei City, suddenly died at home. In addition to moderating the Facebook page, he was also the liaison with the media and maintained news contacts. His family suspected that overwork was the cause of death and urged the New Taipei City Government to investigate. The city government formed an investigatory task force with experts and scholars. On Sept. 17, it announced Chen had died in the line of duty.
We respect the investigatory task force's report and the follow up will be handled in accordance with the report.
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said he respects the task force's conclusion, while the task force said Chen died suddenly due to illness. It met three times and reviewed Chen's work attendance, communications software, and medical records to better understand his work and life situations. It concluded that he died in the line of duty. Chen's family said the question of whether the death was caused by overwork remains unanswered.
He did a lot of work that was not on the clock. For example, he often joined the district chief on Saturdays for activities. During those times, he couldn't first go to the district office to clock in. There were even times when he went out of Jinshan and spent the entire day away from here.
I believe the task force is investigating the overwork issue.
The Bureau of Labor Insurance will make the final decision on whether the death was caused by overwork. The New Taipei City Government says Chen's illness was precipitated by the preparations and arrangements he made for his work and he is eligible for compensation of NT$500,000 to NT$600,000 in line with a retirement and pension act for government functionaries.