"Out-of-Possession Landlord" Not Liable for Floor Cave-In
Facts: An employee was injured while working at a warehouse leased by his employer. The floor of the warehouse collapsed while the employee was stacking steel in a bay. The basement under the bay was rented to another tenant. The employee and the steel fell into the basement. The employee suffered significant injuries; a co-worker died as a result of the accident. The employee sued the owner. The owner asked the trial court for a decision in its favor without a trial. The trial court ruled in favor of the owner. The employee appealed.