Firestone Wins Appeal in Workers' Compensation Case

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Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. won its appeal Wednesday of an Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court order that an employee's inju ries in a car-train accident were job-related.

The court en banc, which is the appellate arm of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court, Wednesday issued an order vacating a trial judge's ruling on June 9 that Johnny L. Mankey, a Firestone employee, was entitled to workers' compensation benefits for his injuries in a car-train accident on June 20, 1985.

"The appeals court reversed and remanded the trial court's decision, saying it was contrary to law, and that he did not sustain an accidental injury arising out of and in the course of employment,"said Michael Clingman, administrator of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court.

Business lobbyists had been watching for the outcome of this appeal because they had said Judge Charles Cashion's ruling for Mankey had opened up a new interpretation of the "coming-and-going" ruleon work-related injuries.

The three appellate judges who ruled in Firestone's favor were Bill Cross, Victor Seagle and Kay Karen Kennedy. …