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Kosteczko v. Industrial Comm

Supreme Court of Wisconsin
Oct 6, 1953
60 N.W.2d 355 (Wis. 1953)


September 11, 1953 —

October 6, 1953.

APPEAL from a judgment of the circuit court for Dane county: ALVIN C. REIS, Circuit Judge. Affirmed.

For the appellant there was a brief and oral argument by N. Paley Phillips of Milwaukee.

For the respondent Industrial Commission there was a brief by the Attorney General and Mortimer Levitan, assistant attorney general, and oral argument by Mr. Levitan.

For the respondents State Fair Park, Inc., and United States Fidelity Guaranty Company there was a brief by Bendinger, Hayes Kluwin, attorneys, and Donald J. Tikalsky of counsel, all of Milwaukee, and oral argument by Mr. John A. Kluwin and Mr. Tikalsky.

For several years prior to August 16, 1950, Stanley Kosteczko had been employed by State Fair Park, Inc., as an operator of an amusement device known as the "Loop." On August 16, 1950, for a period of about forty-five minutes prior to closing time the "Loop" had had no patronage. In the close vicinity of the "Loop" was another device known as the "Whip." During the period of inactivity at his station Kosteczko took a seat in the "Whip" and while it was engaged in carrying him and other passengers on a "ride" the former fell or was thrown out of the device and was killed.

Claim for compensation under the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Act was filed with the Industrial Commission by deceased's mother and was denied. An action to review the order of the commission was brought in the circuit court for Dane county. Judgment confirming the order was entered on February 17, 1953. Claimant appeals.

The commission found, upon practically undisputed testimony:

"That the deceased was employed by the respondent as an operator of a ride in an amusement park; that deceased was required to remain at his ride while the park was open and could only leave if a relief operator was provided; that the deceased left his ride without relief and took a ride on the adjacent ride, during which time he met his death; that by such action deceased deviated from the course of his employment; that the accident causing injury was not sustained in the course of and arising out of his employment for the respondent."

It appears, also without dispute, that he rode on the "Whip" solely for his own amusement, and that he had no duties to perform in connection with its operation.

Where an employee is injured in the performance of an act in furtherance of his own purposes and without the scope of his employment, the master is not liable. Peterman v. Industrial Comm. 228 Wis. 352, 280 N.W. 379. He may not recover for an injury received while doing work entirely different from that assigned him, against orders and for his own benefit. Radtke Bros. Korsch Co. v. Rutzinski, 174 Wis. 212, 183 N.W. 168.

Claimant contends that the case calls for application of the rule that when it is established that an employee has entered upon the performance of his duties and is found at a place where he might properly be in the discharge of his duties, nothing appearing to the contrary, the presumption of continuity of service obtains. The difficulty with that contention is that in this case there is something which appears to the contrary — deceased left his assigned place of employment without relief and took a ride on an adjacent device. By such action he deviated from the course of his employment. If the applicant were entitled to the benefit of the presumption, the evidence is more than sufficient to rebut it. Armstrong v. Industrial Comm. 254 Wis. 174, 35 N.W.2d 212.

By the Court. — Judgment affirmed.

Summaries of

Kosteczko v. Industrial Comm

Supreme Court of Wisconsin
Oct 6, 1953
60 N.W.2d 355 (Wis. 1953)
Case details for

Kosteczko v. Industrial Comm

Case Details

Full title:KOSTECZKO, Appellant, vs. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION and others, Respondents

Court:Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Date published: Oct 6, 1953


60 N.W.2d 355 (Wis. 1953)
60 N.W.2d 355

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