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    Injuries at work

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    Injuries at work

    Absence during accident or sickness

    Staff who are off work as a result of injury at work will receive their normal weekly wage for 1 month in any 1 year under the Racing Industry Accident Benefit Scheme.

    Staff who are off work as a result of sickness and have been with their current employer for 6 months or more will receive their normal weekly wage for 1 month in any 1 year.

    Absence following injury at work

    In the case of absence due to injury caused by an accident at work, regardless of length of service, the first four weeks are paid at the usual weekly wage, with no waiting days (the usual wages will include statutory sick pay, if eligible). The RIABS claim form should be completed within the three month time limit.

    Sickness Absence

    Racing staff who are off work as a result of sickness (except where an accident outside of work has been caused in the employer’s reasonable opinion by the employeed being involved in fighting, drunken behaviour or abuse of drugs) and who have been with the current employer at the commencement of the sickness absence for six months or more will receive from their employer their usual weekly wage (to include statutory sick pay if eligible) for a period of one month in any one year, such sick pay in the case of sickness absence from the fourth day of absence. Racing staff with less than six months service will receive SSP only, if eligible.

    The three waiting days for sickness absence will not apply to a second period of illness linked to the first absence where such periods of absence would be linked for SSP purposes.

    Racing industry accident benefit scheme

    Staff who are off work as a result of accidental injury caused at work will receive their usual weekly wage for 1 month in any 1 year. Injury benefit can be claimed for up to 104 weeks from the date of the accident — claim forms must be submitted within three months of the date of the accident.

    Racing staff who are off work as a result of accidental injury arising out of and whilst carrying out duties for a licensed trainer, including bone fide journeys between normal place of residence and place of work, shall receive from their employer their usual weekly wage pro rata for a period of one month’s injury absence in any one year including the first three days of absence.

    A claim for benefit should be made as soon as possible to the Racing Industry Accident Benefit Scheme (RIABS) within three months of the accident. The scheme does not cover race riding accidents or accidents which occur whilst on or travelling to and from a racecourse when engaged to ride (in this instance refer to the Professional Riders Insurance Scheme (PRIS) tel. 01935 891974 info@pris.org.uk (PRIS contact details updated 1st December 2017)).

    (17.1) Paid full or part-time racing staff of licensed and permitted trainers who are aged between 16 and 65 years and registered with the British Horseracing Authority will have deducted £3.50 from their net wage per week of employment as a contribution to RIABS. For trainees at the BRS or the NRC who were pre-employed by a trainer, the trainer will pay both the trainer’s and employee’s RIABS premium whilst the employee is attending the BRS or NRC.

    (17.2) Injury benefit is payable for a maximum period of up to 104 weeks from the established date of the accident, if the accident has been declared by the claimant’s employer. The amount of benefit (subject to an overall maximum of £400 per week) is the difference between the claimant’s pre-accident net wage and all statutory benefits receivable by the claimant as a result of the accident. RIABS claim forms must be submitted within three months of the date of the accident giving rise to the claim.

    (17.3) In the event of death, partial disability or being permanently and totally disabled (from working in racing or any other occupation), the benefits as set out in the RIABS scale of benefits will be paid up to £154,500. The cover is extended to include dental expenses to a limit of £5,000.00 arising out of accidental injury to sound, natural teeth as a direct consequence of duties involving horses.