Accidents

New and updated

  • MoD owed duty of care to off-duty drunk soldier

    Date:
    1 January 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Jebson v Ministry of Defence, the Court of Appeal awards damages to a soldier who, while off duty and drunk, fell from a moving army lorry.

  • Court of Appeal upholds manslaughter restrictions

    Date:
    1 May 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Court of Appeal has refused to move away from the principle of identification which restricts the prosecution of companies for manslaughter. Ruling that the law is clear from consistent application in previous cases, the Court of Appeal dismissed the prosecution's appeal against the trial judge's refusal to allow charges of corporate manslaughter against Great Western Trains arising from the Southall rail crash in September 1997.

  • Health authority is liable for self-evident risk

    Date:
    1 January 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Fraser v Winchester Health Authority, the Court of Appeal upholds an award of damages to an employee who was severely burned on a camping trip, but reduces the damages by one-third.

  • Worker loses "survivor's guilt" depression claim

    Date:
    1 June 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Hunter v British Coal and Cementation Mining Company, the Court of Appeal dismisses a claim by a worker who suffered depression following the death of a colleague in an accident which he believed he had caused.

  • Company may owe same duty to its contractors as to its employees

    Date:
    1 September 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In R v Rhône-Poulenc Rorer Ltd, the Court of Appeal rules that the requirement to provide some suitable physical means to prevent falls through fragile materials, as set out in the construction Regulations, is absolute.

  • Employer liable for negligence of third-party subcontractor

    Date:
    1 October 1995
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Nelhams v Sandells Maintenance Ltd and Gillespie (UK) Ltd, the Court of Appeal holds that an employer is liable for an employee whose safety it has entrusted to a third party.

  • Employees witnessing accidents are owed no special duty of care

    Date:
    1 May 1995
    Type:
    Law reports

    The decision of the Court of Session in Robertson and Rough v Forth Road Bridge Joint Board shows that the Scottish courts will be reluctant to extend this duty, and will tend towards a narrow view when deciding claims.

About this topic

HR and legal information and guidance relating to health and safety incidents (accidents).