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April 20, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(16):1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760160074044

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Pneumoconiosis Attributed to Inhalation of Coke Dust.—  Grammer was employed as a still cleaner by the Mid-Continent Petroleum Corporation. The work of a cleaner was to rake down coke, burning or smoldering, in stills that escaped the mechanical rake, and sweep it out. The breaking up of these coke deposits gave off dust and a trace of gases. Grammer worked steadily in that capacity for about ten years, at the expiration of which time he became ill and died. His physician diagnosed his condition as pneumoconiosis. The widow of the workman, as the administratrix of his estate, brought a common law action against the Mid-Continent Petroleum Corporation for the workman's wrongful death, alleging that the corporation failed to provide Grammer with a reasonably safe place in which to work and with reasonably safe appliances with which to work, and that it failed to warn or to instruct him with respect

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