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Employee running errand still covered by comp

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The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that a construction superintendent killed in an auto accident was covered by workers’ compensation benefits, even though he was on leave to run personal errands at the time of the crash.

The superintendent was working in the Fayetteville/Jackson area for Ray Bell Construction Co., based in Brentwood, Tenn., using a company truck to travel between job sites and staying in a company-provided apartment. He had taken leave to move some belongings into storage using the company truck. The accident occurred on his way back from the storage facility, when he was traveling either to a work site or to his apartment.

The court ruled that the superintendent was killed after he had completed his personal business and had returned to continuous employment duties as a traveling employee. It awarded workers’ compensation dependency benefits to his son.  

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