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ALAN WOOD STEEL COMPANY v. ASSUNTA CARBO (12/10/75)

decided: December 10, 1975.

ALAN WOOD STEEL COMPANY, APPELLANT,
v.
ASSUNTA CARBO, APPELLEE



Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County in case of Assunta Carbo, wife of Gaetano Carbo, deceased v. Alan Wood Steel Company and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Occupational Disease Fund, No. 72-10690.

COUNSEL

Lowell A. Reed, Jr., with him Rawle & Henderson, and, of counsel, William G. Adamson, for appellant.

Joseph Lurie, for appellee.

Judges Mencer, Rogers and Blatt, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Blatt.

Author: Blatt

[ 22 Pa. Commw. Page 301]

The Alan Wood Steel Company (Alan Wood) has appealed from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County affirming an adjudication of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board (Board) awarding

[ 22 Pa. Commw. Page 302]

    benefits to Assunta Carbo (claimant) pursuant to The Pennsylvania Occupational Disease Act.*fn1

The claimant had filed a fatal claim petition with the Board in 1959 alleging that she was married to Gaetano Carbo and that he had died as a result of silicosis developed from his employment in an occupation where a silica hazard was present. After numerous continuances, evidentiary hearings were conducted on November 23, 1966, September 18, 1968, June 10, 1969, November 6, 1969, and June 2, 1971. A referee then rendered an adjudication in which compensation was granted. On appeal by Alan Wood, both the Board and the court below affirmed the award. This appeal followed.

It appears that when the appellant was preparing to print the record as certified to this Court from the court below it was discovered that the notes of testimony from the hearings held on November 23, 1966 and November 6, 1969 were not included. It further appears that the referee, the Board, and the court below failed to consider the evidence adduced at those hearings in reaching their respective decisions, the transcripts not being submitted to them, either.

Although our review of the record as it exists before us would substantiate findings that the decedent died as a result of silicosis and that he was employed in an occupation having a silica hazard, the appellant strenuously argues that, if the referee and the Board had considered all of the testimony they would have reached a different result. Moreover, the missing transcripts allegedly include testimony by the claimant which the appellant argued would tend to show that she was not the decedent's wife. They are also said to include testimony of the decedent's treating physician which the appellant believes contradicts findings that the decedent died as

[ 22 Pa. Commw. Page 303]

    a result of exposure to a silica hazard. The appellant, therefore, requests that the record be remanded so that additional testimony ...


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