Britannic Merthyr Coal Co v David: HL 13 Dec 1909

A blasting accident occurred in a coal mine, and an action was raised against the mine-owners in respect of injuries received by a miner. It was proved that statutory regulations as to the methods of blasting had been broken, certain obligatory precautions not having been taken. Under these circumstances held that the onus of proof lay upon the mine-owners to show that they had not failed in their duty of care.


The Earl of Halsbury, Lords Ashbourne, Atkinson, Gorell, and Shaw


[1909] UKHL 609




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Personal Injury, Health and Safety

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