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16.6 Ordinary Recesses and Temporary Absences


Coverage under the 1988 Act extends to injuries sustained during any activities undertaken during an ordinary recess, subject to the exclusion in S6(3). This includes cover where the employee goes home for lunch. Any travel undertaken during an ordinary recess is not subject to the exclusionary provisions in S6(2), but is subject to S6(3) (abnormal risk).

'Temporarily absent' essentially means that the employee has left the workplace but intends to return to resume the day's work.

Situations where the employee has flexed off for the afternoon and is injured at some point after leaving the place of work cannot be considered within this provision. Depending on the time of injury, the travelling provisions may be applicable.