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INJURY AT WORK: Fault in the wound

27 November 2015  

Peter Stewart highlights the important distinction between statutory negligence and strict liability following section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Under s69(3) Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, employees injured at work can no longer simply rely on breach of statutory duty to found a civil action. An action will only succeed if the employer has been negligent. The question that emerges from this change is to what extent does an employer’s breach of statutory duty have an impact on a negligence claim?

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Bux v Slough Metals Ltd [1973] 1 WLR 1358

    Caswell v Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Limited [1940] AC 152

    David v Britannic Merthyr Coal Co Ltd [1909] 2 KB 146

    Davies v Thomas Owen & Co Ltd [1911] 2 KB 39

    Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services [2002] UKHL 22

    Galashiels Gas Co. Ltd v Millar [1949] AC 275

    John Summers & Sons v Frost [1955] AC 740

    Lochgelly Iron and Coal Company Ltd v M’Mullan [1934] AC 1

    Stark v Post Office [2000] EWCA Civ 64

    Stokes v Guest, Keen and Nettlefold [1968] 1 WLR 1776

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