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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at those practitioners who work personal injury and health and safety law. It aims to familiarise listeners with a range of important health and safety regulations and how the courts have dealt with their application.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what’s meant by ‘work equipment’;
  • Understand the approach of the courts to the statutory definition of ‘work equipment’;
  • Understand whether regulations apply to equipment for which the employee has permission to use;
  • Be aware of the scope of the application of the regulations;
  • Understand the importance of an assumption of responsibility for work equipment;
  • Know what amounts to the ‘suitability’ of work equipment;
  • Know about the process and considerations when selecting work equipment;
  • Understand the relationship between the qualitative assessment of the risk of injury and the suitability of work equipment;
  • Understand the scope of the duty to keep work equipment in repair and good working order;
  • Understand the scope of an employer’s duty to undertake risk assessment;
  • Understand where contributory negligence features in breach of an employer’s liability for health and safety rules;
  • Know about the leading case concerning the application of the Health and Safety (Display Screen) Regulations 1992.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Sources and References:
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 rr 3, 6(1), 10(1), 13;
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) rr 2, 3(2), 4, 20;
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992;
  • Spencer-Franks v Kellog Brown Brown & Root Ltd [2008] UKHL 46;
  • Couzens v McGee [2009] Civ 95;
  • Smith v Northamptonshire CC [2009] 4 All ER 557;
  • Robb v Salamis [2006] UKHL 56;
  • Stark v Post Office [2000] PIQR P105;
  • Ball v Street [2005] EWCA Civ 76;
  • Denton Hall Legal Services v Fitfield [2006] EWCA Civ 169;
  • Goodwin v Bennetts UK Ltd [2008] EWCA 1374.

This podcast is the second of a two part mini-series on employer’s liability for breaches of health and safety law. This part concerns the interpretation of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and the health and safety issues that can arise out of the use of equipment at work. The podcast will examine the obligations on employers relating to work equipment and when a breach can arise using a discussion of selection of recent case law. The podcast will also examine the ongoing obligations on employers to undertake risk assessments and selecting appropriate equipment and will conclude with a discussion of cases involving the Health and Safety (Display Screens) Regulations 1992.

Podcast added: 19/04/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-04-02

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