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A diverting case to enliven your day. A woman in Australia has been awarded workers' compensation when she was injured by a light fitting whilst having sex on a business trip having met up with a ‘friend’. Apparently, it was ripped from its mount and landed on her face (the light fitting). She subsequently suffered depression and was unable to continue in her role as a civil servant. 

The issue was whether injuries sustained in off-hours while on a business trip should be compensated under the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

The employee was not engaged in serious or wilful misconduct, the injury was not intentionally self inflicted and she was at the hotel in the course of her employment. She was therefore entitled to be compensated.

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