Injury Suffered in Traffic Accident Was Work-Related

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A worker drove from a work camp to a nearby town to pick up company supplies and mail bags. He got into an accident on the way back due to icy road conditions and was injured. His workers’ comp claim was denied. On appeal, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Commission upheld the claim, ruling that the accident happened in the course of the worker’s employment. Although he engaged in some personal business while in town, such as getting his car washed and eating, his primary reason for making the trip was work-related [Decision No. 2011-618, [2011] CanLII 48066 (AB WCAC), July 18, 2011].