Hager v. State Comp. Comm'r., (No. 7348)

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtHATCHER, P.
Citation112 W.Va. 492
PartiesHenry Hager v. State Compensation Commissioner et al.
Decision Date13 September 1932
Docket Number(No. 7348)

112 W.Va. 492

Henry Hager
v.
State Compensation Commissioner et al.

(No. 7348)

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Submitted September 7, 1932.
Decided September 13, 1932.


[112 W.Va. 492]

Master and Servant

Where an employee is accidentlly injured upon premises owned or controlled by the employer at a point reasonably proximate to the place of work, while the employee is going to or from his work on a permissible route in general use by the employees, such injury will be deemed to have arisen from and in the course of the employment, within the Workmen's Compensation Act.

Proceeding by Henry Hager, claimant, under the Workmen's Compensation Act. Prom a decision of the State Compensation Commisioner denying compensation, the claimant appeals.

Reversed and remanded.

W. L. Taylor, for appellant.

Howard B. Lee, Attorney General, and R. Dennis Steed., Assistant Attorney General, for respondents.

Hatcher, President:

The claimant was employed in a mine of a subscriber to the Workmen's Compensation Fund. The mine was on a hill and a hoist was operated by the employer to take the employees up and down the hill. On the occasion of claimant's injury, his work was over for the day; he signalled for the hoist several times but the operator failed to respond; in such case it "was up to the men to walk off" or wait indefinitely on the hoist (according to the mine superintendent), so the claimant started down the hill on a path used regularly ("almost daily") by the employees when the hoist was not available; and when a few hundred feet from the hoist landing (on the hill) and while still on the employer's property, he fell and broke his leg. Compensation was denied on the ground that claimant's injury was not received in the course of his employment, and was not the result thereof.

[112 W.Va. 493]

Upon an examination, of the authorities we find it to be the general rule that when an employee is accidentally injured upon premises owned or controlled by the employer at a point reasonably proximate to the place of work, while the employee is going to or from his work on a permissible route in general use by the employees, such injury will be deemed to have arisen from and in the course of the employment within the Workmen's Compensation Acts. See the following...

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  • Brown v. City of Wheeling, No. 30243.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 2, 2002
    ...from work." In accord, McEwan v. State Compensation Comm'r, 123 W.Va. 310, 14 S.E.2d 914 (1941); Hager v. State Compensation Comm'r, 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668 (1932). See also, Courtless v. Jolliffe, 203 W.Va. 258, 507 S.E.2d 136 (1998) (per curiam); Harris v. State Workmen's Compensation......
  • Bilchak v. State Workmen's Compensation Commissioner, Nos. 12811
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 1, 1969
    ...of employment by an express or implied requirement of the employment, such injury is held compensable. Hager v. State Comp. Comm'r., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668; Canoy v. State Comp. Commissioner, 113 W.Va. 914, 170 S.E. 184. If the injury occurs on the premises of the employer while the em......
  • Bennett v. Buckner, No. 12512
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 28, 1966
    ...a claim is compensable in this respect, each case must be judged on its facts. In Hager v. State Compensation Commissioner et al., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668, the syllabus is as follows: 'Where an employee is accidentally injured upon premises owned or controlled by the employer at a point......
  • Harris v. State Workmen's Compensation Com'r, No. 13462
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • September 24, 1974
    ...of employment by an express or implied requirement of the employment, such injury is held compensable. Hager v. State Comp. Comm'r., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668; Canoy v. State Comp. Commissioner, 113 W.Va. 914, 170 S.E. According to Professor Larson, the rule is broadly stated and defined ......
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  • Brown v. City of Wheeling, No. 30243.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 2, 2002
    ...from work." In accord, McEwan v. State Compensation Comm'r, 123 W.Va. 310, 14 S.E.2d 914 (1941); Hager v. State Compensation Comm'r, 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668 (1932). See also, Courtless v. Jolliffe, 203 W.Va. 258, 507 S.E.2d 136 (1998) (per curiam); Harris v. State Workmen's Compensation......
  • Bilchak v. State Workmen's Compensation Commissioner, Nos. 12811
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 1, 1969
    ...of employment by an express or implied requirement of the employment, such injury is held compensable. Hager v. State Comp. Comm'r., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668; Canoy v. State Comp. Commissioner, 113 W.Va. 914, 170 S.E. 184. If the injury occurs on the premises of the employer while the em......
  • Bennett v. Buckner, No. 12512
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 28, 1966
    ...a claim is compensable in this respect, each case must be judged on its facts. In Hager v. State Compensation Commissioner et al., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668, the syllabus is as follows: 'Where an employee is accidentally injured upon premises owned or controlled by the employer at a point......
  • Harris v. State Workmen's Compensation Com'r, No. 13462
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • September 24, 1974
    ...of employment by an express or implied requirement of the employment, such injury is held compensable. Hager v. State Comp. Comm'r., 112 W.Va. 492, 165 S.E. 668; Canoy v. State Comp. Commissioner, 113 W.Va. 914, 170 S.E. According to Professor Larson, the rule is broadly stated and defined ......
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