WORKERS COMPENSATION CASE WATCH
In Morres v. Earth Treks Crystal City Climb, the claimant worked at a recreational climbing gym. The employer required employees to clock in before their shifts and prohibited employees from performing personal climbs while on the clock. Before clocking in for her shift, the claimant did a warm-up climb, which she said was in preparation for performing rope maintenance. She climbed with another co-worker, who was not scheduled to work that day. During her warm-up climb, she took a practice fall. She was injured in the fall.
The Deputy Commissioner found that the claimant was engaged in personal, recreational rock-climbing and was not in the course of her employment when the injury occurred. On Review, the full Commission agreed, stating “…we do not find whatever ephemeral benefit the employer might receive from the claimant sharpening her climbing skills sufficient to bring