Reed v Great Western Railway Co: HL 29 Oct 1908

The appellant’s deceased husband was an engine-driver in the respondents’ service. In March 1907, while his engine was at Landore, Swansea, he descended in order to turn a water-crane to his engine. He afterwards crossed another line of rails in order to get a book from a friend on another engine. This was a private purpose of the deceased’s, unconnected with his work. While returning to his own engine he was knocked down and killed by a waggon in course of shunting. Held that the accident did not arise ‘out of and in the course of’ his employment under the Workmen’s Compensation Act 1897, section 1.


Lord Chancellor (Loreburn), Lords Ashbourne, Macnaghten, and James of Hereford


[1908] UKHL 700, 46 SLR 700




Workmen’s Compensation Act 1897


England and Wales

Health and Safety, Personal Injury

Updated: 26 April 2022; Ref: scu.621523