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 Barrand v British Cellophane Ltd, an employee who suffered noise-induced hearing loss as a result of his work unsuccessfully sues his employer.
The liability of an employer for the acts or omissions of a contractor it engages is the central issue in R v Associated Octel Co Ltd. Both the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords have considered this important case, and both have ruled that an employer cannot delegate the duty imposed by s.3(1) of the HSW Act.
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.
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.
In Richardson v Pitt-Stanley and others the Court of Appeal holds that the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 does not create a civil, as well as a criminal, liability.
Employees travelling on the highway are acting in the course of their employment if at the material time they are "going about their employer's business", holds the House of Lords in Smith v Stages and another.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers' liability for health and safety breaches.