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Not every accident or injury during the work day is "work related" and eligible for workers' compensation. (Photo: iStock)

A Mississippi court has upheld a decision by the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission that an injury suffered by a worker when he fell out of a tree that he had climbed for fun during a lull in a slow workday was not compensable under the state’s workers’ compensation law.

As a pipefitter for Fabricated Pipe Inc., Paul Haney’s primary job was to assemble pipe parts into larger systems based on drawings. He also occasionally assisted coworkers with tasks such as moving pipe, cleaning the work yard or loading and unloading trucks.

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