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Texas & Pacific Ry. Co. v. Rigsby
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Rigsby, Plaintiff,was employed with Texas & Pacific Railway Company, Defendant, as a switchman. On September 4, 1912, Plaintiff was placing railcars in the repair area when he stood on top of a boxcar, where a handbreak was located. While getting off of the boxcar, Plaintiff fell, causing him injuries. The injuries specifically resulted from a defective handholds or grab-irons from the boxcar’s ladder. Plaintiff brought suit against Defendant on the basis of the Federal Safety Appliance Acts of 1893 and 1910. Pursuant to the act, all railcars were required to be equipped with secure ladders, handholds, and grab-irons. The jury ruled in Plaintiff’s favor and awarded Plaintiff damages. Defendant appealed, and the circuit court of appeals affirmed. The Defendant petitioned for review in the United States Supreme Court.
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