A meat company's safety rules told workers never to poke their body parts into machinery while it's operating. But Lynnecia Hagins' boss often used his hand to remove debris. When Hagins did the same thing, she got her hand sliced off. The company opposed her workers' comp award, saying she willfully breached safety rules. But the court let the award stand, saying the company did not "keep alive" its rule because a supervisor was violating it. (Gwaltney v. Hagins, No. 1342-99-1, Va. Ct. of Ap., 2000)
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