An appeals court in Arizona on Thursday ruled that a call center employee could not prove that the injuries he suffered from a case when he opened a refrigerator during his break were causally related to his employment.
In Michael Turner v Industrial Commission of Arizona, On Target Staffing LLC, Work First Casualty Co., Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One of Phoenix agreed with an Industrial Commission of Arizona decision that the case did not turn out to be
Michael Turner had claimed that the refrigerator door was to blame for his fall and testified that "the door was stuck, and when he pulled the door to open it, the refrigerator touched him and hit him", documents state. He also testified that employees and company management knew that the refrigerator door was difficult to open, but still a judge in the administrative court heard testimonies from other witnesses who denied this claim.
The Court of Appeal wrote that surveillance footage showed that his case was not caused by the apparatus. gets stuck but by grabbing the door to avoid falling. Two doctors also testified that Turner "had been at risk for such a case due to his age, altered gait" from a previous injury "and medical history related to his left knee," the documents say.
previous case law which determined a complainant in another similar case could not prove that work caused an injury "because the accident was not caused by the environment or conditions in the workplace, but instead was caused by" a degenerative condition that may have led to the emergency scene of any of a number of everyday movements, at home or at work. & # 39; ”