- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court says a man who broke his ankle running away from a co-worker on whom he played a prank is entitled to workers’ compensation.

The court released a ruling Thursday that the state Department of Labor incorrectly denied benefits to concrete laborer Jason Petrik.

Petrik tricked his co-worker into giving up his seat in an air-conditioned truck on a hot day at a construction site in August 2012. He broke his ankle jumping over a trench while his co-worker chased him.

Petrik’s employer argued that he shouldn’t get benefits because the company’s rules bar horseplay.

But the Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling, deciding that Petrik’s horseplay wasn’t a “substantial deviation” from his normal work and therefore happened while he was on the job.

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