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Here's how practical jokes at work could land your injured employee without compensation

by , 03 November 2014
With Halloween just past, you might have experienced a few people pulling practical jokes in your workplace. These are the 'trick' part of 'trick or treat'.

They might have been innocent and harmless but this might not always be the case. If you let practical jokes like these run rampant in your workplace they could actually cause serious accidents and injuries.

And the worst part is, if your employee hurts himself while pulling off the ultimate practical joke at work, he won't be able to get any workmen's compensation.

Here's why...

 

Here's when your employees can get compensation for an injury 

 
Under normal circumstances, your employee can get workers compensation from COID if he has an injury at work.
 
To get this compensation he must be:
 
1. On company premises; or
2. Acting in terms of his employment. 
 
So you might think a broken arm from a practical joke might count if he's on duty at the time. 
 
Sadly though, that's not the case…
 
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COID rejects 80% of all claims! Will it reject yours?
 
 
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Here's why your employee can't get compensation for his practical joke injury

 
COID has a very strict rule about not giving compensation to employees if they caused their own accident. Now because your employee was misbehaving at the time of his injury, COID will say he caused it himself.
 
But it's not just that.
 
If your employee was doing something to set up a practical joke and not his work, COID will argue he wasn't acting in terms of his employment, even if he was technically on duty at the time.
 
The bottom line is: COID won't give your employees compensation if they cause their accidents.
 
Rather tell your employees to keep their practical jokes for outside of working hours. 
 
For more on dealing with COID, check out the COID Compliance Guide. It contains everything you need to know about getting compensation for your employees. 
 


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