Death Benefits under the Occupational Injuries Scheme

Introduction

If a person dies because of an accident at work or occupational disease, Death Benefit (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme) may be paid to their surviving spouse or civil partner or dependent child. Death Benefit may also be paid if, at the time of their death, the person was getting a Disablement Pension assessed at 50% or more, regardless of the cause of death.

The Death Benefit Scheme includes:

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension
  • Orphan's Pension
  • Funeral Grant

Budget 2019: The maximum weekly rates of Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension and Orphan’s Pension will increase by €5 per week with proportional increases for people on reduced rates of payment. These increases will take effect from the week beginning 25 March 2019.

Rules

Widow's Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension

This is paid to the surviving spouse or civil partner of a person who died as a result of an accident at work, an occupational disease or who was getting a Disablement Pension assessed as 50% or more at the time of their death. You cannot get the pension if you remarry, enter into a civil partnership or cohabit with another person. The pension is not affected by any income you may have. Increases for qualified children are paid with the pension. The pension is taxable.

A Widow's Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension under the Death Benefit Scheme cannot be paid at the same time as a Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension.

Orphan's Pension

This is paid on behalf of a child if the parent, step-parent or person who supported the child died as a result of an accident at work, an occupational disease or was getting a Disablement Pension assessed as 50% or more at the time of their death. The orphan's guardian should apply for the payment.

Funeral Grant

If the deceased person meets the conditions a special Funeral Grant can be paid to the person who pays for the funeral expenses. A Funeral Grant is not taxable.

Rates

Payments under the Death Benefit Scheme are paid at higher rates than a standard Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory Pension or a Guardian's payment.

Rate of payment from 30 March 2018
Widow, widower or surviving civil partner (under 66) €228.50
Widow, widower or surviving civil partner (over 66) €247.70
Widow, widower or surviving civil partner (over 80) €257.70
Increase for a Qualified Child €31.80
Orphan's Pension €184.80
Funeral Grant (once-off lump sum) €850.00

How to apply

A claim for any of the payments under the Death Benefit Scheme should be made within 3 months of the date of death, otherwise you may lose some benefit.

Complete claim form OB 61(pdf) which is available from your local social welfare office. Send your completed claim form to the Death Benefit Section at the address below.

Where to apply

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Social Welfare Services Office
Government Buildings
Ballinalee Road
Longford
Ireland

Tel: (043) 334 0000 (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland please call + 353 43 334 0000)
Locall: 1890 927 770 (Note: the rates charged for using 1890 (Lo-call) numbers may vary)
Homepage: http://www.welfare.ie

Page edited: 19 October 2018