In Murk v. Aronsen the Washington Supreme Court had occasion to consider a landowner's tort liability where work is placed under the control of an independent contractor. In a 5-to-4 decision the court held that an owner is not liable to a contractor's servant injured by the negligence of a contractor who has control of the premises. By its decision the court has reaffirmed its earlier position, despite a trend toward expanding the exceptions to the rule of non-liability for torts of independent contractors.
Washington Case Law,
Torts—Landowner's Liability to Servants of Independent Contractors,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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