Could Covid be considered a compensable disease?

14 May 2021

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) concluded in its recent report that certain workplaces were at increased risk of Covid because of job and workplace characteristics, with higher infection rates found in healthcare, social care and transport workers. 

While it noted that coronavirus cannot be regarded as uniquely occupational, given that infection can occur in a number of non-workplace settings, it is a revealing report that should be of particular interest to insurers, public bodies and corporate entities that may face Covid infection claims now or in the future. 

Several countries have now recognised Covid as a work-related disease, with Belgium and Norway considering it to be a compensable occupational disease. Could the IIAC’s review for benefits purposes also have ramifications for the expected wave of workplace injury liability claims relating to infection?

BLM's Head of Occupational Disease Chris Fletcher examines the implications of the IIAC report in his piece published by People Management here.

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