Injury Suffered by Worker after He Quit Covered by Workers’ Comp

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A worker quit his job on Aug. 20. He returned to the workplace on Aug. 24 to return some items and clean out his personal belongings from the employer’s truck. While doing so, he hurt his right shoulder. His workers’ comp claim for the injury was rejected as he suffered it after his last day of work and while performing a non-work-related task. But the Appeals Panel disagreed, ruling that returning toll money and keys to the employer and cleaning out the employer’s truck were actions that are incidental to employment. Thus, the worker’s injury was compensable [Re: 20126400, [2012] CanLII 21141 (NB WHSCC), April 18, 2012.