Injury From Horseplay at Work Can Result in Workers' Comp

Injured workers can recover when they are injured at work as a result of horseplay.

The North Carolina courts have generally held that injuries arising from the gathering together of workers of various characteristics, and the risks and hazards of such close contact, including joking and pranks by the workers are incident to the business and grow out of it and are ordinarily risks assumed by the employer. Therefore, as a general rule, workers injured as a result of horseplay engaged in by employees are generally considered to be payable, and the worker can recover for these injuries. This is true even if the horseplay was initiated and participated in by the injured worker.