Coverage for participants in work experience or school directed professional training programs
(1) All persons participating as trainees in a work experience program or school directed professional education project of a school district as defined in ORS 332.002 (Definitions for chapter) in which such persons are enrolled, including persons with mental retardation in training programs, are considered as workers of the district subject to this chapter for purposes of this section. Trainees placed in a work experience program with their resident school district as the training employer shall be subject workers under this section when the training and supervision are performed by noninstructional personnel.
(2) A school district conducting a work experience program or school directed professional education project shall submit a written statement to the insurer, or in the case of self-insurers, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, that includes a description of the work to be performed by such persons and an estimate of the total number of persons enrolled.
(3) The premium cost for coverage under this section shall be based on an assumed hourly wage which is approved by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Such assumed wage is to be used only for calculation purposes under this chapter and without regard to ORS chapter 652 or ORS 653.010 (Definitions for ORS 653.010 to 653.261) to 653.565 (Investigating compliance with rules) and 653.991 (Penalties). A self-insured district shall submit such assumed wage rates to the director. If the director finds that the rates are unreasonable, the director may fix appropriate rates to be used for purposes of this section.
(4) The school district shall furnish the insurer, or in the case of self-insurers, the director, with an estimate of the total number of persons enrolled in its work experience program or school directed professional education project and shall notify the insurer or director of any significant changes therein. Persons covered under this section are entitled to the benefits of this chapter. However, such persons are not entitled to benefits under ORS 656.210 (Temporary total disability) or 656.212 (Temporary partial disability). They are entitled to such benefits if injured as provided in ORS 656.156 (Intentional injuries) and 656.202 (Compensation payable to subject worker in accordance with law in effect at time of injury) while performing any duties arising out of and in the course of their participation in the work experience program or school directed professional education project, provided the duties being performed are among those:
(a) Described on the application of the school district; and
(b) Required of similar full-time paid employees.
(5) The filing of claims for benefits under this section is the exclusive remedy of a trainee or a beneficiary of the trainee for injuries compensable under this chapter against the state, its political subdivisions, the school district board, its members, officers and employees, or any employer, regardless of negligence.
(6) The provisions of this section shall be inapplicable to any trainee who has earned wages for such employment.
(7) As used in this section, “school directed professional education project” means an on-campus or off-campus project supervised by school personnel and which is an assigned activity of a local professional education program approved pursuant to operating procedures of the State Board of Education. A school directed professional education project must be of a practicum experience nature, performed outside of a classroom environment and extending beyond initial instruction or demonstration activities. Such projects are limited to logging, silvicultural thinning, slash burning, fire fighting, stream enhancement, woodcutting, reforestation, tree surgery, construction, printing and manufacturing involving formed metals.
(8) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a school district may elect to make trainees subject workers under this chapter for school directed professional education projects not enumerated in subsection (7) of this section by making written request to the district’s insurer, or in the case of a self-insured district, the director, with coverage to begin no sooner than the date the request is received by the insurer or director. The request for coverage shall include a description of the work to be performed under the project and an estimate of the number of participating trainees. The insurer or director shall accept a request that meets the criteria of this section. [1967 c.374 §2; 1979 c.814 §2a; 1979 c.815 §3; 1981 c.874 §2; 1987 c.489 §1; 1989 c.491 §63; 1991 c.534 §1; 1995 c.343 §52; 2007 c.70 §285]
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