Does Horseplay Disqualify an Injured Worker from Workers Compensation?

When a concrete laborer injured himself as a result of horseplay on the job, the South Dakota Department of Labor denied his claim for workers compensation. The South Dakota Supreme Court overturned their denial. Although company policy forbids horseplay, periods of idleness “were to be anticipated” and therefore the horseplay was “in the course of employment”. Read more about the ruling here:

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