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Compensation for falling ox

A CHONGQING Municipality hotpot restaurant worker was awarded 37,000 yuan (US$5,415) in compensation on Thursday after a 500-kilogram steer fell on her in a slaughterhouse, breaking her leg.

He Xiaoli, who worked at Adu Hotpot in Qijiang County, went to the Guangxing Slaughterhouse in Jiangjin District on June 18, 2007, to buy cattle tripe, Chongqing Evening News reported yesterday.

She bought the tripe but then started helping workers saw legs off dead cattle. A live steer, apparently of a nervous disposition, wandered in and was so shocked at the bloody scene that it started trembling and fell on He, breaking her leg.

He was sent to hospital immediately and was bed-ridden for over a month while her leg mended. She sued the slaughterhouse in a Jiangjin court, asking for 65,000 yuan.

The court decided she should only have 26,800 yuan as she had contributed to the accident.

He appealed to the Chongqing No.5 Intermediate People's Court. The court said He had still contributed to the accident by entering the slaughterhouse without authorization but upped the compensation to 37,000 yuan.

Ox always react strongly to blood, said Jia Youling, a former chief veterinarian of China. They seldom fall seeing blood but an overexcited animal or one in a weak condition could react like that, Jia said.


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