An untied shoelace leads to a worker’s comp claim

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    An untied shoelace leads to a worker’s comp claim - Idaho Business Review

    The Idaho Supreme Court recently affirmed the Idaho Industrial Commission’s determination that Michael Vawter, a former delivery driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), was entitled to worker’s compensation benefits when he injured his back while tying his boots at work. Based on this case, it may be difficult for an employer to argue that an injury that occurred on the employer’s premises did not arise out of the employee’s employment.

    Mr. Vawter worked as a delivery driver for UPS in Cascade. After clocking in on the morning of December 18, 2009, he sat down and bent over to tie his boot laces. While bending over he felt a pop and pain in his lower back. He sought medical treatment and eventually underwent two back surgeries.

    Mr. Vawter filed a worker’s compensation complaint with the Idaho Industrial Commission alleging he suffered a low back injury due to an accident that arose out of and in the course of his employment with UPS. UPS denied the claim. The parties agreed that the injury occurred during the course of Mr. Vawter’s employment. However, there was a dispute as to whether the injury arose out of Mr. Vawter’s employment with UPS.
     
  2. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Coming soon, to a center near you!

    The Six Keys for Tying Your Shoes.
     
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  3. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

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  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I prefer the bunny ears over the loop and pull.
     
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  5. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

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  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    New UPS driver shoe specification ... Black or brown polishable leather shoes with Velcro closures.
     
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  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Or just have slip ons
     
  8. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    nah, if it can easily be slipped on... they can slip off while you're briskly walking off that stop

    new uniform guidelines will force you guys/gals to get these instead:

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  9. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    My question is, why weren't his shoes tied when he put them on to leave the house for work?!??!?!
     
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  10. ikoi62

    ikoi62 Member

    you have never had a shoe lace come untied?
     
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  11. Dr.Brown

    Dr.Brown Swollen Member

    this truly works.. plus it's a TED talk

     
  12. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    I was expecting along the lines of a driver tripping on an untied shoelace and injuring himself. Either way...I agree wih Cosmo's post. It's coming...lol.
     
  13. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Changing in the locker room?
     
  14. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Tying's a breeze when you bend at knees.
     
  15. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    If your knees still work.
     
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  16. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Bending over at UPS is always risky.
     
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  17. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Un
    Unless your management. Then it's a requirement.
     
  18. Bending over in front of Inde, is more risky!
     
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    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

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  20. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    A friend of mine's brother threw his back out at work...on the can...lol.