Travis v. Dreis and Krump Manufacturing Co.
Michigan Supreme Court
453 Mich. 149, 551 N.W.2d 132 (1996)
Aimee Sue Travis (plaintiff) sustained severe injuries when her hands became caught in a press manufactured by Dreis and Krump Manufacturing Company (defendant) during her employment with Greenville Wire Products Company (defendant). Travis’s supervisor knew that the press had been malfunctioning before the accident but refused to shut down the machine for repairs. Stanislaw Golec (plaintiff) sustained severe injuries in an explosion during his employment with Metal Exchange Corporation (defendant). Golec had not been given proper protective equipment, and Golec’s supervisor had dismissed Golec’s concerns about a dangerous condition that led to the explosion. Travis and Golec brought tort actions against their employers in Michigan state court. The employers in both actions moved for summary judgment, asserting that workers’-compensation benefits were the injured employees’ exclusive remedies. The trial courts granted the employers’ summary-judgment motions, but the court of appeals reversed in both cases. The court held that Travis and Golec had alleged facts that supported claims for intentional torts, which brought their cases within an exception to the exclusive-remedy doctrine. The Michigan Supreme Court consolidated the cases for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Boyle, J.)
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