SC justices: Worker to get money in barracks slip

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled a migrant farm worker who slipped on a sidewalk outside a company-owned barracks is eligible for workers' compensation.

The justices Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling.

Frantz Pierre filed for workers compensation from Seaside Farms Inc. after breaking his ankle in 2003 in a fall outside a company-owned barracks on St. Helena Island.

The company says Pierre wasn't required to live in the housing and he wasn't on call.

But Pierre's lawyers say Seaside Farms wanted all of its workers nearby so it could begin picking and processing tomatoes whenever the weather was right and the crop was ready.

The justices sided with Pierre, saying the nature of his work meant he had to live in the barracks.

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