Douglass v. Peck & Lines Co
In Douglass v. Peck & Lines Co., 89 Conn. 622, 95 A. 22 (1915) the Court held that a contractee or proprietor is not liable for injuries caused by an independent contractor to another person. Id., 627.
Douglass does not, however, act as a general grant of immunity to employers. An employer owes a duty of care to business invitees such as independent contractors. "Ordinarily, an employer of an independent contractor, absent an act of negligence on his own part, is not liable to others for the negligent acts of the contractor. Douglass v. Peck & Lines Co., supra, 627.