Appeals Court Rules On Tired U.S. Steel Worker Crash
January 2, 2015 — The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that U.S. Steel Cotp. is not responsible for an accident involving an employee who apparently fell asleep while driving after an 11-hour overnight work shift.
The unanimous three-judge ruling upheld a Lake County judge’s decision that the Gary steel mill wasn’t liable for damages to a woman who was badly injured in a 2011 crash. Miriam Rodriguez’s vehicle was reportedly hit head-on by a worker after he left the steel mill about 6 a.m.
The appellate court ruling released Wednesday said that working long hours don’t necessarily affect a person the same as alcohol. The judges said it was not clear how an employer could monitor worker fatigue — or determine whether the fatigue was sufficient to stop an employee from leaving.