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Traffic at night

Summary A Local Authority has been urged by a Coroner to review its policy of switching off street lights in the middle of the night to save money, after he concluded that it had contributed to a woman’s death in September 2014. Facts Cheryl Richards, 31, was returning home at about 2 o’clock in the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Trees from outer space

In a latest example of the use of space technology, Exeter City Council has secured funding from the UK Space Agency to develop a ground-breaking tree management system to show the exact location and details for fallen or damaged trees. The council is responsible for around 8,000 trees within its boundaries and needs to risk… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The cost of school accidents

According to a survey carried out by The Times at the start of the year, it was revealed that Local Authorities had spent approximately £7 million on 281 personal injury claims involving school staff during 2014. For every pound paid in compensation, another pound was paid in legal fees. In one case, a council paid… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Risky reversing rubbish trucks

A recent Health and Safety Executive investigation found that a local authority had failed to tackle the risks from reversing vehicles, after two women were killed by reversing rubbish trucks within a year of each other. The first incident happened in June 2010 when a woman, who had been walking down a single-laned track while… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Hazards and highways

The case of Andrew Foulds (2) Claire Foulds (Personal Representatives of Benjamin Foulds, Deceased) –v- Devon County Council (2015) considers a Highway Authorities’ liability where it creates a hazard which had not been present initially. In November 2010, an 18 year old cyclist travelling home from college, lost control of his bicycle and crashed into… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Fooling about at work

What liability does an employer have for the acts of its workforce, especially when they act outside of the scope of their job? This was one of the issues considered by the Court of Appeal in February 2015 in the case of Paul Graham –v- Commercial Bodyworks Ltd (2015). The basic position is that if… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Fuller v West Sussex County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 189

The requirement for a causal link between a breach of Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (risk assessments), and Regulation 4 of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1999, and a personal injury. Fuller v West Sussex County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 189 Summary. The Claimant, Ms Fuller, was… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Up in smoke…

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At this time of year, people may be thinking about making a New Year’s resolution. Sometimes, it’s to give up smoking. The effects of smoking are now well known but that was not always the case and the courts at times are asked to consider whether a claimant’s history of smoking has had any impact… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Woman loses seagull damages claim

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The question heard by a Court in Scotland was whether a landlord and employer was liable for injuries to an employee caused by a seagull attack. Mrs Kelly, who worked at a Business Centre in Greenock, claimed that she was hurt by a swooping seagull as she planned to head for a nearby burger van… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Top 10 Most Bizarre FOI Requests

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An FOI Request wanting to know what plans are in place to protect Wigan from dragon attacks has topped the list of the wackiest Freedom of Information requests sent to Councils. Amongst the others are those asking how many paid for exorcisms have been carried out, how many animals a council has frozen, and if… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)