HR Strange But True!
November 29, 2007

... Don't play ball in the house, but the workplace is no place for it either. If you have trouble driving that message home, this story may scare your employees straight.

An emergency telephone operator with the Honolulu Police Department says she suffered a detached retina when a ball hit her in the face during a game that fellow employees played in the workplace, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.

Sally Crowder is suing the city and the co-worker she says threw the ball that struck her in one of her eyes, the newspaper reports. She says co-workers started playing a game in the spring that involved throwing a ball at other employees' backs.

She claims other employees would purposefully throw the ball with such force that it would cause pain. On May 28, a co-worker threw a ball that hit her in the left eye, resulting in a detached retina that required surgery, she alleges in the lawsuit.

She alleges that even though a co-worker complained to a supervisor about the game, the supervisor failed to stop the game until Crowder filed a workers' compensation claim, which was ultimately denied, the newspaper reports.

In the lawsuit, Crowder seeks unspecified damages.

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

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