Tenn. Supreme Court Rules Drug Use Irrelevant In Worker's Injury

Nashville (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that a worker whose hand was crushed by machinery at his workplace was not to blame for the accident despite his admitted marijuana use off the job.

Billy McIntosh was injured in 2004 while working for Interstate Mechanical Contractors Incorporated in Knoxville when his left hand got caught in a power roller machine that bends sheet metal.

McIntosh, who had worked at the company for five years, contended the injury was caused by the actions of a fellow employee who was inexperienced.

The trial court ruled in favor of McIntosh and the state Supreme Court upheld that in a ruling released this week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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