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Property Owner Owed No Duty of Care to Employee of Independent Contractor

By WorkCompCentral

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 502 | 0 | 20 min read

The owner and tenant of a warehouse building could not be held liable for the death of a worker who fell though a skylight because they owed no duty of care to the employees of the independent contractor hired to paint the roof, the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled. Case: Fuentes v. Sandel Inc., No. 3D14-3007, 03/23/2016, published. Facts: Rolling Shield, a manufacturer of hurricane shutters and awnings, leased a warehouse from Sandel Inc. It then hired Shade Technology to paint the roof. Shade subcontracted the job to Edelesca Services. Edelberto Escalera Perez owned the company, and he ...

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