Abstracts of Current Decisions on Mines and Mining: May to August, 1917 Page: 64
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DECISIONS ON MINES AND MINING.
leave it, though the position was dangerous and where it was custom-
ary to set the machine and to kick it by its own motion into place
before the sumping bar was properly anchored to the jack pipe, and
especially where the jumping of the machine that whirled the sump-
ing bar against the operator's foot was due to defects in the con-
tacts by reason of which the operator was not able to shut off or
decrease the power.
Beck v. Beck Coal & Mining Co. (Iowa), 162 Northwestern 861, p. 866.
VIOLATION OF RULES-DEFENSE OF CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE.
The workmen's compensation act of Arizona (par. 3157), pro-
vides that an employer shall by rules, regulations, or instructions
inform his employees engaged in dangerous and hazardous occupa-
tions as to the duties and restrictions of their employment for their
protection and safety; and where during the course of the employ-
ment an employee so informed or instructed does an act beyond
his duty or in violation of the restrictions of his employment danger-
ous in character and suffers injury thereby, the employer may defend
upon the ground of contributory negligence, but the defense must
be specially pleaded and determined as an issue of fact. The statute
restricts the employer's right in this defense, but does not abolish
Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co. v. Mendez (Arizona), 166 Pacific 278, p. 284.
RIDING ON BRAKE ROD OF MOVING MOTOR.
A person was employed as a snapper or brakeman in connection
with an electric motor used for hauling coal cars out of a coal mine,
and his duties consisted in manipulating the brakes on the coal cars
and in coupling and uncoupling the coal cars and in throwing a switch.
All of these duties excepting the uncoupling of the motor were to be
performed while standing upon the ground. The motor had to run a
distance of some 300 feet from the place where it was uncoupled from
the loaded cars to be coupled up with the empty cars, and the snapper
or brakeman was supposed to walk this distance in performing his
duties. There was a place on the rear of the motor where he could
ride in safety, but, instead of walking or instead of taking the safe
place at the rear of the motor, he was in the habit of jumping upon
the side of the moving motor with his foot upon the brake rod and
riding in that position the short distance to the switch. The brake
rod was round and smooth and not intended for such purpose and
was so near the ground that there was danger of striking an obstruc-
tion. While so riding with his right foot on the brake rod, his left
foot struck against a lump of coal lying near the track and the blow
knocked the foot under the wheels of the motor and so crushed it as
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Thompson, Joseph Wesley. Abstracts of Current Decisions on Mines and Mining: May to August, 1917, report, December 1917; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38745/m1/78/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.