Employer Not Liable in Death of Worker Using Rented Equipment

A company whose employee died while using rented equipment did not explicitly accept liability in its rental agreement for the outside company's alleged negligence, an appeals court ruled Monday.

According to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in NES Rentals Holdings Inc. et al. v. Steine Cold Storage Inc., Humberto Menendez died after a 2006 accident in Gas City, IN, from injuries he suffered while operating a 40-foot boom lift that his employer, Plymouth, MN-based Steine Cold Storage Inc., had rented from Chicago-based NES Rentals Holdings Inc.

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