A MARRIED engineer who died of a heart attack after having sex on a business trip was the “victim of an industrial accident”, a French court has ruled.
The bizarre decision means the company which employs the man – named only as Xavier X – will now have to pay years of compensation to his family.
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The dead man was working in the Loiret region on behalf of his bosses at railway construction firm TSO when he hooked up with a local woman.
However, he was later found dead in his hotel room in Meung-sur-Loire shortly after the pair had romped, reports the Mail Online.
The French authorities stated the shock death should be classified as an ‘accident du travail’ – which entitles his family to benefits from both the state and employer.
That means his dependants will receive a monthly payout of up to 80 per cent of his salary until his due retirement age.
After that TSO will still have to contribute towards his pension, reveals the report.
An earlier court ruled “a sexual encounter is an act of normal life like taking a shower or eating a meal” a decision which was then upheld by the appeal court.
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TSO had argued it could not be held accountable for the worker’s death because his heart attack was unconnected to the job and that the sex was adulterous.
However, French judges dismissed its arguments claiming an employee travelling for work is still the employer’s responsibility – even if off duty.
The ruling stretches back a decade when courts ruled any accident suffered on work trips amounts to an ‘accident du travail’.