Appeal from the Order of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board in case of Harriet M. Gallagher v. Super Market Service, A-75159.
Paul A. Barrett, of Nogli, O'Malley & Harris, for petitioner.
W. Boyd Hughes, for respondent.
Judges Crumlish, Jr., Wilkinson, Jr. and Mencer, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Mencer. President Judge Bowman did not participate in the decision in this case.
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Super Market Service (employer) appeals from an order of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the award of workmen's compensation benefits to Harriet M. Gallagher (claimant). We affirm.
Claimant suffered a heart attack on June 5, 1975, while performing her usual duties as an order selector in her employer's warehouse. Her job entailed bending, lifting, and carrying various boxes of items which weighed approximately 15 pounds. Her physician testified that the injury was job related and that claimant was totally disabled as a result of the injury. The referee awarded total disability benefits and the Board affirmed. This appeal followed.
Employer argues that claimant's medical testimony was incompetent to support an award, since the medical opinion that the heart attack was work related was based upon an assumed work load*fn1 of 500
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pounds, which was factually unsupported by the record. We disagree. Claimant's physician clearly testified as follows:
Q. Now, I'm asking you, what factors are there to make this decision where it would not be work related? A. If you take 40 pounds and I'm going by what she told me. She said she lifted many, many cases, more than 50. She didn't give me an exact number, more than 50 cases. And she had to place them up on shelves, she had to walk a distance of approximately one quarter to one third of a block with this. This is a great deal of expenditure. You're taking 240 pounds because she weighed roughly 200. I'm going to use round figures. Because she has to carry herself, also. And you have to multiply that by the distance or by the height, whatever. Now, you're talking maybe 30 to 40 feet. We're also talking shelf space. Now, when you multiply that by just say 30, you're talking about 7200 pounds of work load. But now, we must multiply that by how many times she did it, which may have been one, two, three or four hundred times. Now, you're talking about an expenditure of energy that goes up into the thousands.
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The distances and weights used were corroborated by claimant and by William Checho, the warehouse supervisor.*fn2 Although contrary medical evidence was introduced by the employer, the referee obviously decided in favor of claimant, and we will not, on this record, disturb that finding. Workmen's Compensation Page 647} Appeal Board v. Auto Express, Inc., 21 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 559, 346 A.2d 829 (1975). See also Plumbers ...