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Q108 - Electrocuted in Home Office


An employee is installing an overhead light fixture in their new home office after being instructed to work from home full time by their employer. Due to faulty wiring, they receive a shock and die. Is it recordable?


NO. Home wiring or renovations are not considered to be work-related activities and therefore injuries that result from those activities would not be recordable.

Letter of Interpretation: For example, if an employee drops a box of work documents and injures his or her foot, the case is considered work-related. If an employee's fingernail is punctured by a needle from a sewing machine used to perform garment work at home, becomes infected and requires medical treatment, the injury is considered work-related. If an employee is injured because he or she trips on the family dog while rushing to answer a work phone call, the case is not considered work-related. If an employee working at home is electrocuted because of faulty home wiring, the injury is not considered work-related.


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