Sleepy Employee Hurt Driving Home Denied Mass. Workers’ Comp

By | April 9, 2008

  • April 9, 2008 at 10:20 am
    lastbat says:
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    All the guy had to do was tell his boss, “Hey, I’ve been here for X number of hours and I need to take off.” Let the boss take the heat. As Scott Adams says – upwardly delegate.

    Good call on this one.

  • April 9, 2008 at 1:58 am
    Dread says:
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    Some people are just stupid.

  • April 9, 2008 at 2:10 am
    Inferrior Carpenter says:
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    And is it any wonder that the Big Dig has been plagued by shoddy workmanship!!??!!

  • April 9, 2008 at 4:10 am
    not a carpenter says:
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    Could it be that he was motivated by the time-an-a-half that his overtime would have paid him?

    Nah…like his lawsuit, it wasn’t about the money at all. There was a larger priciple at stake.

  • April 10, 2008 at 1:41 am
    sue says:
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    Don’t they have hotel rooms in Boston?

  • April 14, 2008 at 9:27 am
    lastbat says:
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    But in this case the company is absolved because of the employee’s bad decision. The article states the contract held that employees could not be forced to work overtime. That means the company is not at fault.

  • April 14, 2008 at 5:15 am
    Cindy Beattie says:
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    I disagree with this court ruling.

    Did the company have a policy in place limiting the number of hours an employee is permitted to work in a 24 hour period? Did the employee receive training in how to deal with a situation where delays would take him beyond his normal shift.

    Isn’t that what health & safety policies and procedures are for? To define the safe practices acceptable by the company and to ensure that workers do not put themselves or others in danger due to poor judgement or ignorance. The fact that the worker may have exercised poor judgement does not absolve the company from responsibility.



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