HR Strange But True!
October 04, 2001
We all know that HR is never dull. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

Worker's comp got their goose

Nolan Lett collected a check for $17,767.54 from his former employer to settle what could be Illinois' first worker's compensation claim to involve wildlife, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Lett, then a deliveryman for Aramark Corp.'s catering division in Oak Brook, Ill., was trying to report to work on Feb. 27, 1998, when two Canada geese blocked his way.

So he went to another door, only to encounter a third goose, the Sun-Times reports.

"It started acting crazy," Lett said of the third goose. "I tried to hurry in the building, but it flew at my face. I tried to fan it off. It was very ferocious."

Lett, 57, said he turned to run, but tripped and fell, breaking his wrist.

In preparing for trial, Lett's lawyer could find no similar cases. But he did discover a worker's comp case from 1989 involving a security guard who was killed by a stray bullet fired from a public housing development across the street. The guard's employer, the Illinois Institute of Technology, was ordered to pay because the shooting occurred in a high-crime area - subjecting him to a higher risk than that faced by the general public.

The lawyer, Steven Dyki, saw a parallel. The setting of the Aramark building, he claimed, "was a 'high-goose' area, as opposed to a high-crime area."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times.

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