Dear Health and Safety Reader
One of our Health and Safety Club members asked an interesting question about injuries on duty (IOD). His question was 'Do we still pay an employee for time off for an injury on duty'? We all deal with injuries in the workplace at some point, so do you know the answer to his question?
Read on to see our expert's response…
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Do we have to pay an employee for time off for an injury on duty?
Here's the situation. Imagine your employee, Tshepo, breaks his arm while working on one of your machines. Or if you're in an office, imagine Tshepo trips on a cable in your office, falls and breaks his collarbone. Naturally, you complete all the COID forms and inform the inspector at the DoL.
Now Tshepo is taking time off to go to the doctor, see the orthopaedic surgeon, weekly check-ups and the time he's taking off is just amounting to more and more.
Do you have to pay him for the time off, or is this unpaid?
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Is an injury on duty paid or unpaid leave?
As per the COID Act, you must pay Tshepo his normal salary for the time he's booked off to get medical treatment related to his injury. In other words, it's paid leave.
But fear not, the COID commissioner will refund your company all the costs regarding his salary and medical costs you carry for the treatment. Make sure you submit these details when you initially report the injury in your employers report. The commissioner will work out the claim value and your company will receive a cheque in due course.
So, the next time your employee is injured on duty, remember that he's entitled to paid leave. Follow the right health and safety procedures and you'll get your money back from COID.
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety
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