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I wonder if these happened at SWFA events?

Women wins 2 mil after getting hurt at team-building event

June 30, 2009 by Sam Narisi


Most companies put new hires through some kind of team-building exercise. One key to success: Make sure no one is seriously injured.


A division of Ernst and Young held a retreat for employees at a resort in Colorado. The program included an assortment of fun and games, as well as an open bar.


One of the events: a mock sumo wrestling game in which employees wore inflatable fat suits and tried to tackle each other on a rubber mat.


Employee Katherine Giles was playing the game and was pushed off the mat. She was wearing a helmet, but it slipped off during the fall. Giles hit her head on the carpeted concrete floor and fractured her skull.


Suffering permanent damage, Giles sued the manufacturer of the mock sumo suits, the company that planned the retreat and the resort. The latter two settled out of court, but the case against the manufacturer went to a jury trial.


The company claimed Giles was intoxicated when the accident happened, but that didn’t sway the jury, which awarded her $2 million, Denver’s CBS 4 reports.


Peer-pressure and karate: Not the best ways to motivate employees

June 26, 2009 by Sam Narisi


The latest case from the “Strange Company Events” file:


Barbara Reese attended a training seminar organized by her employer. A motivational speaker was hired to conduct the session.


During the event, the speaker invited employees to karate chop wooden boards. He chose Reese, who failed to break the board with her bare hands. Apparently to demonstrate the power of persistence, he told her to try again.


The wood remained intact, so the speaker asked her for another try, which she refused to do. He then led the group of 300 or so co-workers in a chant of Reese’s name until she gave in and hit the board again.


The board didn’t break the third time either, but the attempt resulted in severe injuries and permanent nerve damage to Reese’s hand.


Reese sued, after the speaker’s insurance company refused to cover her medical expenses. The court sided with the insurance carrier because of fine print in the insurance plan.


No legal action was taken against her employer — but the event didn’t do the company a lot of good.


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: July/06/2009 at 14:01
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I could see the SWFA event... Would go something like this.

Ok, just hold that apple steady... Thats it... perfect.. Now i'm going to give Brady the signal and he will shoot that out of your hands with the 50 cal..... Yes, thats him wayyy out there about 3/4 of a mile.. Don't move now......
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