Abrupt halt caused by uneven paving

At times companies may take the wrong approach to providing a safe workplace and argue along the lines that something has not caused an accident in the past, and therefore a�?if it aint broke then dona��t fix ita��.A�However, this is an unsatisfactory approach to workplace safety and if the problem does cause an accident the company will be liable to pay compensation to the accident victim.

An example of this is the accident at work suffered by Mr David Craner whilst he was carrying out his routine tasks as a caretaker at a primary school.A�Mr Craner was pushing a trolley along a paved area outside the classrooms when a wheel of the trolley hit a sticking up paving stone and caused the trolley to come to an abrupt stop.A�Mr Cranera��s right knee struck the trolley and sustained an injury.A�The education authority argued that during routine inspections of the school the paved area had not been recorded as requiring repair works, and no one else had suffered an accident.

The workplace safety regulations have their origin in the European Framework Directive and its aim was to improve safety standards and prevent employees suffering accidents at work.A�The safety regulations impose a higher standard of liability as employers than a mere negligence liability, and the workplace regulations state that every traffic route in a workplace shall be kept free from obstructions which may cause an accident.A�The court therefore awarded compensation to Mr Craner for the injury sustained to his knee and his resulting financial losses.

The Court of Appeala��s decision in Craner v Dorset County Council

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992