Ohio court says contractor not liable for bulldozer damage

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio appeals court says the law treats a stolen bulldozer the same as a stolen car when it comes to liability for damage caused by the vehicle.

At issue in last month’s ruling by the 7th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Youngstown was the theft of a bulldozer from a Shelly & Sands Inc. construction site in Belmont County three years ago.

Homeowner Roger Lagowski sued the construction company after someone drove off with the unattended bulldozer and used it to destroy his home.

Lagowski argued Shelly & Sands had a duty to secure the bulldozer and that not doing so led to the destruction of his house.

The court’s unanimous decision said Ohio law does not distinguish between the sizes of vehicles in such cases.

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