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Retail chain liable for store managers' safety failures

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    R v Gateway Foodmarkets Ltd [1997] IRLR 189 CA (0 other reports)

In R v Gateway Foodmarkets Ltd, the Court of Appeal rules that a company is liable for a breach of s.2(1) of the HSW Act, even though at senior management or head office level, it had taken all reasonable precautions to avoid the risk of injury to an employee.

In September 1995, Gateway pleaded guilty in the Crown Court to a charge under s.2(1) of the HSW Act, after Paul Finn, an employee at one of its stores, fell through an open trapdoor (see below).