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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 1

A Minnesota court ruled that a church was not responsible for injuries sustained by a worker while installing a church steeple.

Key point 10-11. A church may be legally responsible on the basis of negligent supervision for injuries resulting from a failure to exercise adequate supervision of its programs and activities.
Negligence as a Basis for Liability

* A Minnesota court ruled that a church was not responsible for injuries sustained by a worker while installing a church steeple. A church member ("Bill") obtained approval from the church to erect a church steeple in his deceased father's memory. Bill hired an experienced crane operator to hoist the steeple onto the church's roof, and paid him $300 for his services. The crane operator was assisted by an adult male ("Tim"). The crane operator and his assistant set up their crane on the church's property, and while they were preparing to hoist the steeple into place the crane came into contact with a power line and seriously injured Tim.

Tim sued the church, ...

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  • November 3, 2003