Do you know what “on duty” means when it comes to COID?

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 30 Jul. 2014

Tags: coid, compensation for occupational injury or disease, injury on duty, workers’ compensation

Your employees can get compensation for COID if they have an accident. This compensation is there to help them if they can’t pay for medical bills or they can’t get their wages for the time they can’t work.

For them to get this compensation your employee’s accident must happen while he’s on duty.

But there’s often confusion about what COID defines as “on duty”. So to help you eliminate this confusion, we’re revealing what COID means when they say “on duty”.

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COID will only pay for injuries or diseases that they get while on duty

The Compensation for Occupational Injury or Disease Act (COIDA) is there to ensure employees who do dangerous jobs can get compensation for injuries and diseases their jobs cause.
This means it won’t pay for an accident that falls outside of your employee’s work.
Here are accidents and injuries COID considers outside of your employee’s job:
- If your employee has a car accident on his way to or from work.
- An accident when your employee isn’t on your premises yet and isn’t doing any work duties.
- If your employee has an accident at home or anywhere other than work.
Basically, if your employee isn’t at work or doing anything related to his job he’s not on duty and therefore can’t get compensation for an accident.
But there are a few situations when your employee is “on duty” that might surprise you.

Here’s when COID considers your employee as “on duty”

- When your employee is in your office or on site;
- When he’s doing work duties regardless of where he’s doing them (doing a site inspection or meeting with executives at another company);
- When he’s in a car accident on the way to a client;
- When he’s in a car accident going to or from work in a car your company pays for. (This car is company properly and therefore your employee is on duty when he’s in it); and
- When he’s at work outside of working hours but he’s still acting in line with his employment responsibilities (office functions).
So remember, if your employee isn’t on duty, COID won’t give him any workers’ compensation for his accident.

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