Morton v William Dixon Ltd: IHCS 19 Mar 1909

Lord President Dunedin set out the liability of an employer: ‘Where the negligence of the employer consists of what I may call a fault of omission, I think it is absolutely necessary that the proof of that fault of omission should be one of two kinds, either – to shew that the thing which he did not do was a thing which was commonly done by other persons in like circumstances, or – to shew that it was a thing which was so obviously wanted that it would be folly in anyone to neglect to provide it.’Caparo Industries
Lord President Dunedin
[1909] ScotCS CSIH – 5
Bailii
Scotland
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