James Austin v. Roach Sawmill & Lumber Co.Annotate this Case
Authoring Judge: Judge William B. Acree, Jr.
Trial Court Judge: Judge Charles C. McGinley
On June 27, 2013, James Austin ( Employee ) operated a piece of machinery in the course of his employment with Roach Sawmill & Lumber Company ( Employer ). The machine trapped his right hand, injuring Employee and resulting in the amputation of his right ring finger. In a post-injury drug screen, Employee tested positive for amphetamine, nordiazepam, oxazepam, temazepam and alpha-hydroxyalprazolam. Employer operated as a drug-free workplace program as described in Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-9-101 et seq. The trial court found that Employee did not rebut the presumption that the drugs were the proximate cause of his injury and dismissed the action. Tenn. Code Ann. 50-6-110(c)(1) (Supp. 2012). Employee appealed, asserting that the evidence preponderates against the trial court s decision. The Supreme Court referred this appeal to the Special Workers Compensation Appeals Panel for a hearing and a report of findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 51. We affirm the judgment.