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Cover your legal bases if an employee is injured while playing sport at work

by , 05 February 2013
It's so easy for an injury to occur in the workplace. It's even easier to get injured while playing sport. The family of an NFL player who suffered concussion is now suing the NFL for long-term brain damage, despite this being a known occupational hazard. Read on to find out what you should do to cover your bases and avoid a lengthy law suit if an employee is injured while playing sport in his free time in the workplace.

Injuries are common when sports players are on duty,and it's hard to enforce safety rules when the job involves running around. 
 
But that hasn't stopped NFL player Junior Seau's family from suing the NFL for long-term brain damage caused by concussion, says Tim Keeney of the BleacherReport.
 
Now, the NFL Players Association has spoken out about safety concerns, in an hour-long presentation, Jim Trotter writes on the Sports Illustrated website.
 
Obviously concussion to a sports player would be seen as an injury on duty. 
 
But what if your office employee gets injured while playing sportin the carpark during his lunch break?
 
Would that count as an injury on duty that you can report to the Compensation Commissioner and claim from the Compensation for COID fund?
 
Could your employee sue you for this?
 
'If your employees play sport for fun during lunch breaks and get hurt, this injury won't be covered by the COID fund,'says the Health and Safety Bulletin
 
But if your company has arranged a team-building soccer league during lunch breaks, any injury that occurs will be covered by the COID fund and must be reported as an injury on duty.
 
Here's how to cover your bases when an employee is injured while playing sportin the workplace
 
Your safest option is to report any injury that occurs in the workplace, whether the employee was on duty or not, to the COID fund's compensation commissioner.
 
You're legally obliged to report the injury, within 14 days of your employee reporting it to you.
 
You can then lodge the claim on his behalf and wait for the compensation commissioner's decision.
 
 
Rather be safe than face a law suit down the line!
 
The Health and Safety Advisor shows you step-by-step how to report an incident and claim for compensation so your employees are always covered for Injury on Dutie (IOD's).
 
 

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