215 Mass. 541

September 29, 1913 - October 20, 1913

Worcester County


Negligence, Employer's liability.

It is not the duty of the proprietor of a mill who employs an experienced carpenter to work in repairing a portion of the mill building, including an elevator well, to warn such carpenter that a pipe-shaped cylinder in plain sight near the elevator well is a revolving shaft on which his clothing is likely to be caught if he puts his arm around it.

TORT for personal injuries sustained by the plaintiff on October 30, 1911, when employed by the defendant as a carpenter to make repairs in the Worcester Bleach and Dye Works on Fremont Street in Worcester, a building belonging to the defendant which had been injured by fire. Writ dated January 3, 1912.

In the Superior Court the case was tried before Jenney, J., who at the close of the plaintiff's evidence, which is described in the opinion, ordered a verdict for the defendant. The plaintiff alleged exceptions.

P. T. Dolan, for the plaintiff.

C. M. Thayer, for the defendant, submitted a brief.

HAMMOND, J. The plaintiff was a carpenter, apparently of considerable experience. He was employed by the defendant to work upon the mill. A part of the work was to repair the damage caused by fire to the main building. In that building was an elevator well. In the course of the work the plaintiff was ordered to help in sheathing the north side of the well. While at work on a staging with a fellow workman in compliance with this order, the plaintiff, facing the well, placed his arm over a revolving shaft which was directly in front of him, drove one nail into a board and started to drive a second nail into the same board, when his clothing was caught in the shaft and he was hurt.

The plaintiff testified that he did not know that the pipe was shafting and that he should have been warned of the danger. Without reciting the evidence in detail it is sufficient to say that there was no evidence of neglect of the defendant, nor of its superintendent.

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The defendant had no reason to think that the plaintiff, an experienced carpenter engaged in making repairs upon a mill then partially in operation, needed to be told to look out for shafting which was in plain sight, and it owed him no duty to give such warning.

Exceptions overruled.