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Employers are justifiably concerned about workplace violence, worker safety and workers’compensation claims. But does a fight between coworkers that endswith injuries become a workers’ comp claim?

In one recent case, a Louisiana appellate court said no.

The case

Steven Frederick Washington filed a workers’ compensation claim with the OWCalleging that, while driving a shuttle for Gallo MechanicalContractors, L.L.C., for a work-related project, he was assaultedby another employee, Lamar Rogers, which resulted in injuries toWashington’s head, neck, back, and shoulders.

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