A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y

Land Rover v Health and Safety Executive

29 August 2011

In December 2006, it was reported that two employees of Land Rover at the company’s Solihull plant were suffering from hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Lyell v Sun Microsystems Scotland BV [2005] SCLR 786, Scottish Outer House

13 November 2007

L claimed compensation from S in respect of injuries allegedly suffered by her in the course of her employment, as the result of breaches of the 1989 and the 1998 regulations. S served a notice on M, an employment agency, claiming that L had been employed by M and that, in any event, M had undertaken to indemnify S against all liabilities which might be incurred when defending an action of the type brought by L. M applied to have the action dismissed, arguing that L had stated that she had been employed by both S and M and that it was wrong for her to use the term “pro hac vice” to describe her relationship with S.

LMS International Ltd and Others v Styrene Packaging & Insulation Ltd and Others [2005] All ER 171, Technology and Construction Court

19 April 2007

S Ltd manufactured expanded polystyrene (EPS) in a warehouse. This was split into different units and was separated from LMS Ltd’s premises by a party wall. The manufacturing process involved passing steam over EPS beads. This released pentane, an inflammable blowing agent, from the beads, making EPS. This was then cut into blocks with a hot-wire cutting machine.

Larner v British Steel plc (1993) The Times, 19 February, CA

4 July 2006

L, an experienced fitter employed by British Steel, was injured at work when a heavy piece of equipment fell onto his leg. He suffered severe crushing injuries. The employer knew that the piece of equipment was cracked. He claimed compensation for his injuries, alleging breach of statutory duty and common law negligence. The employers denied liability but did not argue that it was not reasonably practicable to make the place of work safe. The judge at Swansea County Court found in favour of the employer on the basis that the employer had taken all reasonable and practical steps to keep its employee safe. L appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Lister and others v Hesley Hall Ltd [2001] IRLR 472, HL

4 July 2006

G was employed by H as warden of a boarding school for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. G systematically sexually abused boys at the school. He was convicted of multiple offences relating to sexual abuse and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. Two of his victims brought proceedings against H for personal injury. The claim failed at first instance and on appeal to the Court of Appeal. The victims appealed to the House of Lords.