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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 16 June 2024

p. 40313. Employers’ liabilitylocked

p. 40313. Employers’ liabilitylocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter discusses employers’ liability and, in particular, the non-delegable duty of care, which employers owe to their employees to ensure that they are reasonably safe when at work. The duty ensures that an employer remains responsible for key tasks even when their obligations have been delegated to another. The duty of care is typically said to have four components (building on Lord Wright’s statement in Wilsons & Clyde Coal Co Ltd [1938]) comprising the provision of: a competent workforce; adequate material and equipment; a safe system of working (including effective supervision); and a safe workplace.

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