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7. MASTER AND SERVANT — WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
The Legislature, in passing the Employers' Liability Act, did not violate Const. art. 18, § 7, or act beyond authority granted thereby inlimiting the application of the act to the injured employee engaged in "manual and mechanical labor."
(For other cases, see Master and Servant, Dec. Dig. § 347.)
Appeal from Superior Court, Maricopa County; R. C. Stanford, Judge.
Action by J. A. Matthews against the Arizona Eastern Railroad Company. From judgment for plaintiff, defendant appeals. Reversed and remanded, with directions.
G. P. Bullard, of Phænix, for appellant.
Ross, J. Appellee sued the appellant railroad company for damages for personal injury. Omitting formal parts, the complaint is as follows:
"III. That on or about April 5, 1916, defendant was by its servants and employees engaged in installing platform scales on a platform of defendant's freight depot located in the city of Phænix, Ariz.; that the work was not finished on that day, but by night of said day the work had progressed to such an extent that about eight square feet of said Alooring of said depot platform had been removed and that said platform foor was about five feet from the ground, and when said flooring had been removed a pit was formed about eight feet wide, eight feet long, and five feet deep.
"IV. Plaintiff says that defendant left said pit thus formed as above stated during the night of April 5, 1916, unlighted, uncovered, unfenced, and otherwise unprotected at a place, vicinity, and time where and when its employees, and particularly this plaintiff, were required by defendant to work in and about said premises, and that the night of April 5, 1916, was quite dark.
“V. That on the night of April 5, 1916, plaintiff was in the course of his employment compelled to work all night for defendant at defendant's freight depot aforesaid, at manual labor as bill clerk, and that while so engaged at such manual labor between 4 and 5 o'clock a. m. of April 6th
he became so fatigued and hungry that it was necessary for him to have something to eat and some coffee,
and, in order to secure the same, he went to a nearby restaurant and then and there procured such refreshment and immediately started to return to such manual labor as such bill clerk for defendant, along the route usually traveled by plaintiff and others having business in and about defendant's freight depot, and that while so returning to his said work, and while at all times exercising due care and acting without negligence on his part, plaintiff stepped in said pit so left by defendant without any warning light or any kind of protection therefrom, and fell to the bottom of said pit, a distance of about five feet,
and was injured,” etc. Appellant demurred to the complaint on the ground that it failed to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action; also, on the ground that the Employers' Liability Law (Civ Code 1913, pars. 3098-3179) is unconstitutional in that it violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the federal Constitution. It answered by general denial, pleaded contributory negligence and assumed risk, and also raised the question of the constitutionality of the Liability Law.
At the close of the appellee's case in chief, the appellant moved the court to require him to elect whether he would ask a recovery under the Employers' Liability Act or under the common law. Whereupon, appellee announced (without any ruling of the court) his election to recover
under the Employers' Act. Appellant then made the following motion :
"We desire to make a formal motion to instruct for the defendant upon the ground that the state Employers' Liability Act applies to those engaged in the operation of a railroad, to those engaged in manual and mechanical labor, and that the uncontradicted evidence in this case shows that on the night in question, upon which it is claimed that plaintiff was injured, he was not engaged in any mechanical or manual labor and was not engaged to any extent in the operation of a railroad."
The motion being denied, appellant introduced its evidence, and, the case being submitted to the jury, it returned a verdict in favor of appellee for the sum of $3,000. The appeal is prosecuted from the order overruling motion for a new trial and from the judgment. The assignments, of error are numerous—28 in number—but it will not be necessary, from the view we take of the matter, to pass upon all of them.
The first assignment is based upon the ruling of the court in denying the motion for an instructed verdict. The evidence at the time of making the motion and at the close of the entire case was in confirmation of the allegations of the complaint that appellee was a bill clerk in the employ of appellant at its freight depot in the city of Phenix. The appellee describes the nature and character of his work as follows:
"On or about April 5, 1916, I was employed as bill clerk for the Arizona Eastern Railroad Company, working at the local freight office situated between First avenue and Center street. My work was in the office, which is located in the west end of the building. My duties were billing freight, writing up the transfer book, making up tonnage reports, balancing the cashbooks, making an abstract, loading and unloading live stock, and sprinkling down hogs during warm weather.
"We sometimes had loading and inspection of live stock at the freighthouse platform, but the bulk of it was at the union stockyards, located about i3 blocks west of the freight office, and in the yards of the Arizona Eastern, 12 blocks east of the freight office.
"I have been required to go out and inspect stock after it was loaded. I have used this platform at night in loading live stock, and in loading automobiles and all kinds of freight. * I never loaded any stock myself, but I had to make a live stock report and an inspection of them. They were loaded by the shipper from this platform.
"I don't do manual labor. I don't do manual labor at all when I was working for the Arizona Eastern. I was doing clerical work.
“It was my duty to go out and check in the loading of the stock.
“Between the time I went to work at half past 5 on the evening of the 5th and the time when I was injured on the morning of the 6th, my duties were the regular duties of the office, billing and writing transfers and makink abstracts, and that is all I now recall that I did between the hour I went to work and the hour I was injured. I was not handling any stock that night. The duties I refer to were clerical that night."
[1, 2] Keeping this evidence in mind, as also the allegations of the complaint as to the character of the work appellee was engaged in, we now turn to the Employers' Liability Act to see if he generally, or at the time of his injury, was embraced within its terms so as to entitled him to maintain an action thereunder for damages or compensation. If the cause of action set out in his complaint and the evidence on the trial do not
bring the appellee within the terms of the Employers' Lialibity Act, he · ought not to be permitted to recover upon his election.
The constitutional mandate contained in section 7, art. 18, is that the Legislature enact a law to make the employer liable for injuries to employees in hazardous occupations when the accident causing the injury is due to a condition or conditions of such hazardous occupation, and is not caused by the negligence of the employee; said law so to be enacted to apply to "all hazardous occupations in mining, smelting, manufacturing, railroad or street railway transportation, or any other industry.”
Chapter 6, tit. 14, being paragraphs 3153 to 3162, inclusive, Civil Code of 1913, is the legislative effort to comply with the mandate of the Constitution. Hereafter we will refer to it as the “Liability Act."
This Liability Act has declared and determined in paragraph 3156 certain occupations in the named industries to be hazardous, and paragraph 3155 extends the benefits of the act only to those employees engaged in manual and mechanical labor.
Among other things, it is contended by appellant that appellee was not (1) employed in an occupation declared and determined to be hazardous, nor (2) engaged in manual or mechanical labor. As to the first point made, if appellee is to receive the benefits of the act, his occupation must be one of those enumerated in subdivision 1 of section 3156, which reads as follows:
“(1) The operation of steam railroads, electrical railroads, street railroads, by locomotives, engines, trains, motors, or cars of any kind propelled by steam, electricity, cable or other mechanical power, including the construction, use or repair of machinery, plants, tracks, switches, bridges, roadbeds, upon, over and by which such railway business is operated."
The arguments of both sides are directed to the first division of the subsection, it being the contention of appellant that appellee was not engaged in an occupation in the operation of a railroad.” Whereas appellee contends that a bill clerk's occupation is essential to the proper operation of a railroad and is within the occupations declared to be hazardous in the operation of appellant's railroad. We will not go into this question further than to say that, as we understand the law, those personis enLaged in "the operation of a railroad" are persons who have an actual physical connection with the handling, organizing, loading, unloading, and movement of trains, locomotives, engines, motors, and cars, extending sometimes to section men. Jemming v. Great Northern Ry. Co., 96 Minn. .302, 104 N. W. 1079. 1 L. R. A. (N. S.) 696; Callahan v. n'y. Co., 170 Mo. 173, 71 S. W. 208, 60 L. R. A. 249, 94 Am. St. Rep. 746; ( Cyc. 13*0. It includes those whose occupations subject ihem to haz3 ts and dange's incident tc and inherent in the physical part of the operation of the railroari. and not those who perform services essential to the ruil.od'l busine.:s but not ir its actual operation.
It may be that appellee's occupation falls within those named in subsection 1 as "including the construction, use or repair of machinery, plants, tracks, switches, bridges, roadbeds, upon, over and by which such railway business is operated.” If the freight depot and platform, in which was the opening that appellee fell into was a plant “by which the railway business”. of appellant was in part operated and the appellee was not without the line of his duty when using the platform as a way of returniing to his work, we submit, without so deciding, that his occupation might be cne of those intended to be declared and determined as hazardous by the statute. As this question was not presented to us in brief or argument, and as its decision is not necessary, as we view the case, we only suiggest it, for if it be granted that, he was in the use of a plant of appellant at the time of his injury, and that his occupation was hazardous, still he was not engaged in manual or mechanical labor.
Aside from the context, it is easy to determine that appellee, in the occupation of "billing freight, writing up the transfer book, making up tonnage reports, balancing the cashbooks, making an abstract, * was not engaged in mechanical labor. The definition of "mechanical," as given by Webster, is:
“1. Of or pertaining to or concerned with manual labor; engaged in manual labor; of the artisan class. 2. Of, pertaining to or concerned with machinery or mechanism; made or performed by machinery or with tools."
"Mechanical labor" is labor performed by a mechanic or "one who practices any mechanic art; one skilled or employed in shaping or uniting materials, as wood materials, etc., into any kind of structure, machine or other object requiring the use of tools or other objects, an artisan.” Webster.
Taken in connection with the context, we think "mechanical labor" is such skilled labor as is necessarily employed by employers in making and repairing tools and instruments used in the operation of the business. It is manual labor, but of the skilled kind.
While the words “manual labor" might be construed to mean clerical work, we do not think any such meaning attaches to them as they are used in the context. In the first place, the hazardous occupations in mining, smelting, manufacturing, railroading, and other industries named as hazardous, exclude the idea of the office man's occupation. They are those occupations engaged: (1) In the operation of railroads, in the construction, use, and repair of machinery, etc, by which the business of railroading is carried on; (2) the use of gunpowder, etc., (3) erection and demolition of buildings, etc., (4) the operation of elevators, etc., (5) work on ladders, etc.; (6) work in connection with electricity; (7) work on telegraph and telephone lines; (8) work in or about quarries, open pits, open cuts, mines, reduction works, and smelters; (9) tunnel work; and (10) work in mills, etc., operated by steam, electricity, or other mechanical power. Paragraph 3156.
Labor in any of the named occupations must mean actual physical contact with the dangerous instruments and means used in carrying on the business. One of the canons of interpretation of words used in a statute is that they must be taken in their common and ordinary sense, unless, from the context, it is evident some other meaning was intended. When we speak of a person doing manual labor, the mind is instantly directed to some kind of toil in which the physical predominates the mental. The words would never call to mind the office man engaged in keeping books or making out bills or statements or operating a typewriter. Even if appellee did occasionally, as an incident in his occupation as bill clerk, do manual labor in the loading and unloading of live stock and freight, it is enough to say he was not injured by any accident while so engaged. At the time of his injury, his sole occupation was that of a bill clerk. So we. conclude appellee was not, at the time of the accident in which he was injured, engaged in manual or mechanical labor, and therefore is not entitled to the benefits of the Employers' Liability Act.
 The meaning of the phrase "caused by any accident due to a condition or conditions of such occupation," appearing first in the Constitution (section 7, art 18), and next in the Liability Act (paragraph 3154), as descriptive of the kind of accident intended to give rise to a right of action to an injured employee, has not as yet been construed by the court. The expression is original in our Constitution and laws. We have not been able to find it in any of the compensation or liability laws or in any decision of a court, or in any text-book, and it therefore necessarily follows that it has not been defined or applied. It is evident that the accident must arise out of and also be inherent in the occupation itself; the condition or conditions that produce the accident must inhere in the occupation. If the occupation is nonhazardous, if the condition or conditions inherent therein are innocuous, the occupation and the employee therein are outside of the purview of the Constitution and likewise of the Liability Law. The Legislature, in paragraph 3155, has defined the kind of accident intended by it to be covered by the Employers' Liability Act in the following language:
"By reason of the nature and conditions of, and the means used and provided for doing the work in, said occupations, such service is especially dangerous and hazardous to the workmen therein, because of risks and hazards which are inherent in such occupations and which are unavoidable by the workmen therein."
It will be noted that stress in this definition is placed upon “the means used and provided for doing the work in said occupation." In fact, the dangerous “nature and condition" of the occupation is not alone because of the work, but because of the lethal character of the means employed to do the work required of the employee. The nature and conditions of the occupation, and the means used and provided to do the work therein, are so dangerous and the risks therefrom are so inherent as that accident therefrom is "unavoidable by the workmen therein." It would seem that, before an employee may recover for injury under this act, it must have occurred while he was at work in his occupation, and it must have been occasioned by a risk or danger inherent in the occupation.
Our statute (paragraph 3158) requires something more than that the "accident arise out of and in the course of the employment,” an expression common to most of the liability and compensation laws; our statute being :
"When in the course of work in any of the employments or occupations enumerated in the preceding section, personal injury or death by any accident arising out of and in the course of such labor, service and employment, and due to a condition or conditions of such occupation or employment."
These added words to the common expression must mean something. The words "arising out of"have been construed to refer to the origin or cause of the injury, and the words "in the course of,” to refer to the time, place, and circumstances under which it occurred. Workmen's Compensation Acts, p. 72, Corpus Juris. Superadded to these under our Liability Act is the requirement that the injury must have occurred in the "work," "labor, service and employment" and be “due to a condition or conditions of such occupation.” The act of appellee in going away from his work for refreshments was, it may be granted, proper and necessary; but it is also equally as apparent that during the time of his absence he was not rendering work, service, or labor for appellant, and therefore the injury he sustained while on such errand was not due to a condition or conditions of his occupation. Under our statute, the work must be hazardous, and the injury must have been incurred because of the hazard or danger in the work itself and, because of said hazard, "unavoidable" on the part of the employee. Calumet & Arizona Mining Co. v. Chambers, 20 Ariz.—, 176 Pac. 839.
(4) The danger of falling into the scale pit was not peculiar to appellee in his occupation of bill clerk. It was a danger to which persons not employees of appellant were exposed as much as those engaged in the service of appellant. Appellee shows by his complaint and by the testimony of himself and others that the scale pit into which he fell was "along the route usually traveled by himself and others having business in and about defendant's freight depot.” This being so, it was not a risk or hazard peculiar to his work, but one "common to the neighborhood" In re McNicol, 215 Mass. 497, 102 N. E. 697, L. R. A. 1916Ă. 306.
If it be concluded that appellee received his injury in the course of his employment, and that it arose out of the employment, that is not enough to bring him within the statute unless at the time of the injury he. was engaged in one of the hazardous occupations named by the statute. The rule being, as laid down by the courts of New York, where the occupation as here must be hazardous, that"Where *
the employee's ordinary duties and accustomed scope of activities do not come exclusively or predominantly within the category of enumerated employınents, and only casually and incidentally does he do work fairly falling within that category, his right to remnueration must hinge on a finding that he sustained injury while actually and momentarily doing work named in the statute. If the employer shows that the employee was not so employed when he met with injury, he is not en