Sutton v Syston Rugby Football Club Ltd: CA 20 Oct 2011

Rugby Field Inspection Adequate not detailed

The claimant was injured training for rugby. His knee was hurt by a sharp object left behind by previous users, but almost hidden. He said that the defendants were negligent in not having inspected the pitch before training. The club appealed saying that whilst it could be expected to see objects on the surface, a more detailed inspection was not to be required. The RFU guidelines said it should be inspected.
Held: The club’s appeal succeeded. A question of causation was a mixed one of fact and law. Here the court had been wrong to hold that there was a higher duty to inspect the touchdown areas. The grass had been lush, and a witness inspecting the area immediately after the accident had not located the object. A reasonable ‘walk-over’ inspection of the pitch beforehand would not have revealed it either.

Longmore, Rimer LJJ, Warren LJ
[2011] EWCA Civ 1182
Occupiers Liability Act 1957
England and Wales
CitedFairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd and Others HL 20-Jun-2002
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Personal Injury, Negligence

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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.445858