Property Owner Not Liable for Contractor Injuries Intimately Connected to the Work

Following a storm in Liberty, Mississippi, Allstate Insurance Company contracted with Pilot Catastrophe to inspect and evaluate the damage to the roof of Henry Peak’s house, their insured. Pilot dispatched Michael Cohee to complete the inspection. Following his typical procedure, Cohee climbed on Peak’s roof despite being able to determine rotting in the roof from the ground. Cohee fell through the roof during the inspection and sustained numerous injuries. He sued Peak for failure to make the premises safe. Peak moved for summary judgment. The circuit court trial judge denied his motion. Peak petitioned for an interlocutory appeal. After reviewing the case, the Mississippi Supreme Court applied the intimately connected doctrine and reversed the lower court’s ruling. Find the full opinion here.