Appeal from the Order of the Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board in case of Daniel Carlow v. Pepsi Cola Metro Bottling Company, No. A-76845.
Charles S. Katz, Jr., Swartz, Campbell & Detweiler, for petitioners.
Eric L. Lilian, for respondent, Daniel Carlow.
President Judge Crumlish and Judges Blatt and Craig, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by President Judge Crumlish.
[ 54 Pa. Commw. Page 635]
Pepsi Cola Metro Bottling Co. and its insurer appeal a Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board order affirming a referee's decision in favor of Daniel M. Carlow following a hearing on remand. We affirm.
By order dated June 22, 1978, the Board vacated a referee's decision denying Carlow's claim petition and remanded "to give claimant's physician the opportunity to testify and to make a disposition with findings of fact which are supported by evidence and also to make findings considering notice." Following a hearing on remand, the referee entered an award in favor of Carlow. The Board affirmed and Pepsi Cola brought the instant appeal.*fn1
Pepsi Cola, at the remand hearing, objected to the additional proceedings, arguing that the Board's remand order was erroneous because the referee's original record contained substantial credible evidence. We disagree.
[ 54 Pa. Commw. Page 636]
In Commercial Laundry, Inc. v. Workmen's Compensation Appeal Board, 17 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 297, 331 A.2d 231 (1975), this Court held that, where findings of fact of a referee in a workmen's compensation case are so inadequate that proper review of the decision is impossible, the Board is warranted in remanding the case to take additional evidence so that proper findings can be made. This Court also has said that remand is proper in instances wherein there has been no finding on a crucial issue. See Forbes Pavilion Nursing Home, Inc. v. Workmen's Compensation Page 636} Appeal Board, 18 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 352, 336 A.2d 440 (1975).
In carefully reviewing the record as it existed at the time the referee made his initial decision denying the claim petition, we must agree with the Board's decision to remand.
The crucial fact finding on the causal connection between Carlow's work activity and the injury he allegedly sustained reads as follows:
2. On March 30, 1977, Claimant was unloading containers of Pepsi Cola from his truck at Archbishop Ryan High School, and after ...