Arm in Sling, Is It Appropriate to Work on a Building Site

So I fractured my elbow in the weekend, six weeks to heal and no driving.

I was supposed to visit a building site (large apartment building still officially a building site). Are there any whs issues with me being on site with my arm in a sling?

Also does anybody know what the actual law states about sick leave accrual. ie if I get 10 days a year but have only uses 2 days in the last five does it cap out at 10 or does it add up. If anybody can point me to legislation I would appreciate it. My googlefu seems to be failing me atm

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    Does this help?

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    Sounds like you should be calling the site supervisor in the morning and asking about access. After that call you should talk to your HR department about your companies policies around leave.

    /endthread

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    if I get 10 days a year but have only uses 2 days in the last five does it cap out at 10 or does it add up. If anybody can point me to legislation I would appreciate it. My googlefu seems to be failing me atm

    It adds up.

    https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/sick-and-carers-leave/paid...

    How does paid sick and carer's leave accumulate?

    The balance at the end of each year carries over to the next year.

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    Are there any whs issues with me being on site with my arm in a sling?

    As a supervisor maybe not.
    As a builder, definitely.

    What is your role on site?

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    My role is to supervise the installation of some electronic door locks and sign off that they were installed ok

    Major apartment development site is a month away from Practical completion so there is crap everywhere as per usual. I told my boss I wanted to contact the the site manager first to get a sign off because the job site is 150 km away but he said to just show up. I figured it was worth at least a call but being told to conduct business as usual.

    Thanks everyone for the sick leave info, it's what I thought but not what I'm getting told by hr

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      the job site is 150 km away but he said to just show up

      You're unable to drive due to your arm being in a sling so how does your boss expect you to get there & back? Can you claim an uber?

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    your sick leave will be covered by your award, EBA or whatever agreement you signed off on when you started employment. It's something you should read and understand. It may or may not accumulate. I've had both.

    If it doesn't accumulate and you are a good employee they may cover your pay anyway. That's what my employer did when I broke my arm. We got 5 days a year and it didn't accumulate. I'd taken 2 sick days in 4 years. My employer paid me for 4 weeks off work and moved me from the workshop into the office while it healed.

    Re: working on site. If it was one of my sites I'd be asking for a doctors letter saying you were fit to carry out the tasks you had to carry out on site and also fit to carry out any emergency procedures and work safely.

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      OP please ignore this comment above: It may or may not accumulate.

      The 10 days personal leave per year is derived from the National Employment Standards which apply to all employees. It must accumulate. If it's not it is unlawful.

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    Are there any whs issues with me being on site

    Breaching lockdown rules?