If a box is on the floor at the workplace and an employee trips on it and gets hurt, who is at fault?

Asked on November 10, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The workplace may be at fault if it would be considered negligent, or unreasonably careless, to have left a box in that spot. On the other hand, if the box was in a reasonable place for a box, the workplace would likely not be liable in any lawsuit--since liability in a legal action depends on fault--but the employee might be eligible for worker's compensation, if appropriate.

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