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The estate of a man who fell and died while working for a roofing company that had a history of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations and was fined following the 2011 incident can proceed with an intentional tort suit against the employer, a divided Supreme Court of Oklahoma ruled Tuesday.

Robert Young, an employee of Oklahoma Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., and Oklahoma Roofing & Sheet Metal LLC, was working on the roof of a three-story building when he was “required by Employer” to unhook his single line lanyard requiring him to cross over two co-workers. He walked 10 feet beyond the point where he had unhooked his lanyard when he fell more than 40 feet to his death, according to documents filed in the Oklahoma City courthouse.

Source: Employer intentional tort suit in fall allowed to proceed | Business Insurance