The claimant was injured when, after stopping the vehicle he was driving for his employers, he was scalded when the radiator cap flew off. He appealed against the dismissal of his claim on the basis that he had been unable to show any fault.
Held: The question was not whether a defect could be identified, but whether or not the equipment, the vehicle and its parts, had been maintained in efficient working order and in good repair.
Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Osborne and Lord Weir
Times 17-Apr-2003,  ScotCS 98
Cited – Millar v Galashiels Gas Co Ltd; Galashiels Gas Company Ltd v O’Donnell HL 20-Jan-1949
A hoist mechanism failed, the employee was injured, and he sought damages from his employer under the Act.
Held: The section imposes an absolute obligation to maintain work equipment in an efficient state or in efficient working order. The . .
Cited – Stark v Post Office CA 2-Mar-2000
A component in a postman’s bicycle gave way even though the machine had been sensibly maintained and checked. He sought damages for his injuries.
Held: The duty imposed by the regulations was absolute, and an employee postal worker who was . .
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Health and Safety
Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.183965