Employee injuries that occur on employer-owned and maintained parking lots may be covered by workers’ compensation and may be OSHA recordable depending upon circumstances relating to the injury. If the injury occurred at a reasonable time (just prior to or just after work) and the injury resulted in medical treatment, days away from work or restricted activity, both workers’ comp and OSHA recordkeeping come into play.
Except in the case of back injuries and hernias, an “injury” is compensable under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act if:
- The injury was caused by accident;
- The injury arose out of the employment; and
- The injury was sustained in the course of employment.
Winter weather poses a particular problem with parking lot injuries. Parking lots and sidewalks should be maintained free of ice to prevent employee injuries. Here is a recent CAI article on ways to reduce winter weather accidents: Avoid Common Injuries Associated With Winter Weather. Potential costly injuries to customers, vendors and to the general public would not be covered by workers’ compensation but by an employer’s liability insurance policy.
For more information regarding workers’ compensation laws and regulations in North Carolina, go to The specified item was not found.and/or to http://www.ic.nc.gov/.