On October 17, 2019, the Georgia Court of Appeals decided the case of Centurion Industries v. Naville-Saeger (Ga App. 568, 2019).
A worker was employed as a millwright (for A-Lert Construction Services, a Division of Centurion out of Valdosta) and was part of a travel crew that went from state to state to perform various work duties. Carter, the employee, was involved in an automobile wreck travelling alone to a job site. Generally, when an employee travels to and from a work site, he/she is considered outside the scope of employment. The exception is if the employee is on a “special mission” for the employer.
The employee was found to be returning from a personal mission, not related to his employment at the time of his automobile wreck/injuries.
Injuries that take place outside of where the employer has their business usually not considered a job injury. But if the employer tells the employee he/she must do something as a special mission and the task must be done at the time, even if it takes the employee off premises, then an injury that occurs in the course of accomplishing this special mission will be considered work-related and a workers' compensation claim could be successfully mounted.