A worker had to remove four corrugated iron sheets from a roof. He was injured and claimed under the 1937 Act.
Held: A place can be a means of access at one time and a place of work at a different time but it cannot be both at the same time. A step on to one of the sheets while the worker was passing down another after its removal was a step not upon a means of access but upon a part of the place where the work was being done. Lord Goddard CJ said that it would be ‘too artificial to say that there were different branches of work according to which sheet he was removing at any particular moment.’
Lord Goddard CJ
 1 All ER 357
Factories Act 1937 26(1)
England and Wales
Cited – Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd and Others SC 13-Apr-2011
The court was asked as to the liability of employers in the knitting industry for hearing losses suffered by employees before the 1989 Regulations came into effect. The claimant had worked in a factory between 1971 and 2001, sustaining noise induced . .
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Updated: 09 May 2021; Ref: scu.440370