Slip leads to suit against city |

Slip leads to suit against city

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A slip-and-fall accident on municipal property here prompted Pinnacol Assurance to file a lawsuit against the city seeking unspecified damages.

The accident happened on Nov. 6, 2001, when Aspen Mountain Landscaping employee Jay Kuenne was doing landscaping work for the city near the Glenwood Canyon Trail.

Kuenne was working at the Glenwood Springs vapor caves water vault when he slipped off the rung of a ladder and fell, “due to the unsafe condition of the ladder,” the suit alleges.

The suit alleges the city “knew, or reasonably should have known a dangerous condition existed.”

The suit, which was filed Nov. 6 ” exactly two years after the incident in question ” targets the city and, more specifically, the city’s water department.

It says Pinnacol Assurance paid worker’s compensation benefits to Kuenne and now the Englewood-based insurance company wants to be reimbursed.

Pinnacol Assurance attorney Mark J. Gauthier and Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon both declined to comment on the case.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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