The accident happened shortly after Goodbody left a union hall where he had gone to talk about an upcoming company project with a union instructor. But because the instructor was busy teaching a class, Cooper instead had a coffee break.
The New Jersey Appellate Division stated in its ruling that Goodbody, who is an “off-site” employee, i.e., one who does not report to a single job site, could not be expected to “stand like a statue or remain at the union hall with nothing to do for such a period, particularly when there was no coffee available at the site.” (workersxzcompxzkit)
Accidents occurring during coffee breaks for off-site employees are equivalent to those suffered by on-site workers and “are minor deviations from employment which permit recovery of workers’ compensation benefits,” the court stated.
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