Lawmakers approve work-related injury legislation

May 16, 2012

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor legislation prohibiting workers from suing each other for accidental on-the-job injuries.

The bill would allow such lawsuits only in cases where one worker "purposefully and dangerously" injures another.

The House gave the measure final approval Tuesday on a 122-29 vote. The Senate passed it earlier in the day on a unanimous vote.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have also precluded such co-employee lawsuits. But the governor has since said he agrees with lawmakers that such lawsuits shouldn't be allowed.