An injury sustained by looking up can be considered a compensable injury

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In order for a Minnesota work injury to be compensable it must “arise out of” and in the “course of employment.” There must be a causal connection between the work activities and the injury.

In Klug v. Cummins Power Generation, (WCCA 10/16/08) the WCCA upheld the compensation judge’s decision that an injury to the neck sustained while looking up in the air was compensable. The WCCA stated that it is only necessary that the injury follow a “natural incidence of the work.” In this case, the work required the employee to look up at parts, therefore, the employee was subject to an increased risk.