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Peter v. Arrien

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT


decided as amended july 26 1972.: May 12, 1972.

MARGARET KISTLER PETER ET AL.
v.
PHILLIP F. ARRIEN, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER UNITED STATES EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION COMMISSION, THIRD COMPENSATION DISTRICT AND PUBLIC CONTRACTING CO., INTERVENING DEFENDANT, APPELLANT

Hastie, Van Dusen and Aldisert, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

Opinion OF THE COURT

The district court held that the widow and dependent children of Ralph Peter were entitled to compensation for his death under the Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. ยง 901. This appeal challenges that decision.

Peter was employed by a contractor engaged in the demolition of a bridge over navigable water of the Delaware River. He drowned when a crane he was operating on a temporary causeway, built for the purposes of this project from the shore out into the stream, toppled into the river.

For reasons stated in the opinion of the district court, 325 F. Supp. 1361, we are satisfied that the circumstances of Peter's employment and death bring the present claim within the coverage of the Longshoremen's Act and that, in the circumstances of this case, the acceptance of payments under a state compensation statute did not preclude recovery under the federal statute.*fn1

The judgment will be affirmed.


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