Taylor v Coalite Oils and Chemicals Ltd: CA 1967

The section is part of a scheme of criminal liability, from which any civil liability only follows ‘by judicial interpretation’. Diplock LJ said: ‘The occupier’s duty in respect of working places is not to prevent accidents occurring to persons working at them but to take all such measures as are reasonably practicable to make and keep the working place safe for such persons. ‘Safe’ is the converse of ‘dangerous’. A working place is safe if there is nothing there which might be a reasonably foreseeable cause of injury to anyone working there, acting in a way in which a human being may reasonably be expected to act, in circumstances which may reasonably be expected to occur.’


Diplock LJ


(1967) 3 KIR 315


Factories Act 1937 29(2)

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Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.440372