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Florida Statutes Chapter 769

CHAPTER 769

HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS

769.01 Employers affected by fellow servant act.

769.02 Liability of certain persons and corporations for injuries from negligence of fellow servants.

769.03 Recovery for injuries where employee and employer both at fault; damages; negligence of fellow servant.

769.04 Doctrine of “assumption of risk” abrogated.

769.05 Proceeds of recovery for injuries exempt from garnishment and execution.

769.06 Contracts limiting liability invalid.

769.01 Employers affected by fellow servant act.—This chapter shall apply to persons engaged in the following hazardous occupations in this state; namely, railroading, operating street railways, generating and selling electricity, telegraph and telephone business, express business, blasting and dynamiting, operating automobiles for public use, boating, when boat is propelled by steam, gas or electricity.

History.—s. 1, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4971; CGL 7058.

769.02 Liability of certain persons and corporations for injuries from negligence of fellow servants.—The persons mentioned in s. 769.01 shall be liable in damages for injuries inflicted upon their agents and employees, and for the death of their agents and employees caused by the negligence of such persons, their agents and servants, unless such persons shall make it appear that they, their agents and servants have exercised all ordinary and reasonable care and diligence, the presumption in all cases being against such persons.

History.—s. 2, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4972; CGL 7059.

769.03 Recovery for injuries where employee and employer both at fault; damages; negligence of fellow servant.—The persons mentioned in s. 769.01 shall not be liable in damages for injuries to their agents and employees, or for the death of such agents and employees, where same is done by their consent, or is caused by their own negligence. If the employees or agents injured or killed, and the persons mentioned in s. 769.01, or their agents and employees are both at fault, there may be a recovery, but the amount of the recovery shall be such a proportion of the entire damages sustained, as the defendant’s negligence bears to the combined negligence of both the plaintiff and the defendant; provided, that damages shall not be recovered for injuries to an employee injured in part through his or her own negligence and in part through the negligence of another employee, when both of such employees are fellow servants, where the former and latter are jointly engaged in performing the act causing the injury and the employer is guilty of no negligence contributing to such injury.

History.—s. 3, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4973; CGL 7060; s. 1176, ch. 97-102.

769.04 Doctrine of “assumption of risk” abrogated.—The doctrine of “assumption of risk” shall not obtain in any case arising under the provisions of this chapter, where the injury or death was attributable to the negligence of the employer, his or her agents or servants.

History.—s. 4, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4974; CGL 7061; s. 1177, ch. 97-102.

769.05 Proceeds of recovery for injuries exempt from garnishment and execution.—Writs of garnishment, execution or other processes, shall not issue out of any court to reach any money due or likely to become due as damages under the provisions of this chapter.

History.—s. 5, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4975; CGL 7062.

769.06 Contracts limiting liability invalid.—Any contract, contrivance or device whatever, having the effect to relieve or exempt the persons mentioned in s. 769.01 from the liability prescribed by this chapter shall be illegal and void.

History.—s. 6, ch. 6521, 1913; RGS 4976; CGL 7063.