If a group of employees decides to set up a weekly lunchtime sports event e.g. indoor soccer, off campus, and the participants pay the local Club a nominal sum to cover their insurance liability and a staff member receives a sports injury at this lunchtime event, is this a reportable incident for the company under Health & Safety legislation? Do you have any general advice in relation to ‘unofficial’ staff activities?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 September 2010
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The Health and Safety General Applications Regulations 2007 set out the circumstances in which an employer should report an accident to the Health and Safety Authority.

In general, where a person is injured at a place of work and cannot perform their normal work for more than three consecutive days, not including the day of the accident, the accident must be reported. Accidents related to a place of work or a work activity where a person requires treatment from a medical practitioner are reportable.

If an employee is injured at a lunch time sports event which the employer has not authorised, away from the place of work, this is not, strictly speaking, an accident at work and is not

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