at least here in the United States you take them as you find them. I work for a law firm and I can assure you that if he hurt his back as a result of doing something at work, under their direction it IS their responsibility to do whatever it takes to put it right, and it doesn't matter IF his weight was a contributing factor. The responsible party has to pay all costs to get him back the way he was prior to the accident.
FACT: Lifting was the causal action
FACT: The lifting occurred as a DIRECT result of his JOB.
FACT: The back injury can't be corrected without weight loss.
FACT: Since the back injury was a direct result of his job his employer is responsible for correcting the injury.
FACT: The company doesn't even pay for it, the companies Workmans Comp Insurance does.
FACT: You don't know (and neither do I) all of the facts surrounding this case. So you have no right to be so pompass.
FACT: I am one of those so called "fat f**k"s.
I am quite certain I can outlift you any day of the week. Bench press 385, Squat 535, do I need to go on?
I used to work in a factory where we had to handle 2000lb+ bundles of paper, 500+ lb rolls of paper, 90+ lb rolls of plastic . . . and I could work anyone in the plant right into the ground.
The whole point of the article is that this case might make employers discriminate based on weight, just like they do based on age, sex, and a host of other attributes.
Finally I am sure you exemplify the human race, and are perfect in every way. I am sure you don't now and never have made any poor choices, such as smoking, drinking, doing drugs, pot, popped pills, came to work tired (the cause of MANY work related injuries), done something against the work rules, drive faster than the speed limit, run a stop sign, stepped on the gas to make it through a yellow light, cut someone off on a lane change. All of these things and many more can contribute to a work related injury, and I am certain if you came to work tired and were injured you wouldn't hesitate to go after the company.
Let him without sin cast the first stone!
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