Yesterday I had a mini conversation with one of my HR buds (who shall remain nameless – to protect the not-so-innocent), who shared with me a story about an employee who did the “dirty deed” in the parking lot and later found out she was pregnant.
As if that wasn’t horrible enough, she decided she would try to file for “Workmen’s Comp.” Wait, what?
Yes, you heard correctly.
Perhaps because I’m not in the trenches every day I don’t hear things like this too often but stuff like this does happen. Whether workers are careless, accident-prone or just plain dumb, we’ll never know. And right along with all the sure-enough valid comp claims there have been some unbelievable claims.
Here are a few I found throughout the webs:
- One individual told of an employee who was chasing his wife around the kitchen table, and took a turn too sharply and damaged “Mr. Happy.” It was covered by Workers’ Compensation because the only reason he was chasing his wife was because she had playfully snatched one of his reports off the table while he was working on it.
- Another individual relayed how her brother, a sheriff’s deputy, was playing basketball on the back of a donkey and blew his ACL trying to do a slam dunk. He was off duty for a year and covered by Workers’ Comp because it was a required event. At least the department wised up and cancelled the donkeyball tournaments.
- One employee (a nurse, no less!) claimed she tore a rotator cuff while…ummm, while “wiping herself off” after going to the restroom.
- Recently, a mechanic try to file a workers comp claim after he bent over to tie his shoe, sneezed and threw his back out.
- A female warehouse associate who claimed her back had begun to itch. She was convinced she was being tormented by paper mites. After a few days she requested to see a doctor for her papaer mite bites. The physician, however, denied her condition as a work-related injury when he examined her back and found a three-day-old tatoo which covered the majority of her back…
- One HR Manager said, “I received a WC report on a young lady who was rather endowed. Somehow she was leaning over and she pinched her nipple in a desk drawer as she was closing it. Her supervisor (also a female), in the action taken to prevent a re-occurrence, wrote “Employee was advised to wear a bra.’”
We could go on and on I’m sure. What’s your funny or weird WC story?
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