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11 Managerial L. 1 (1971-1972)

handle is hein.journals/ijlm11 and id is 1 raw text is: TURNER v. ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIES LTD.

Waller J.
February 9, 1971
Factory - Safety - Electricity regulations - Accident while working on fuse box -
Live side of box not isolated - Usual practice - Duties of occupier and workman
under regulations - Electricity (Factories Acts) Regulations, 1908 (S.R. & O.
1908, No 1312), reg. I
The Electricity (Factories Acts) Regulations, 1908, provide in the Introductory
It shall be the duty of the occupier to comply with these Regulations.
And it shall be the duty of all ... workmen ... to conduct their work
in accordance with these regulations.
By regulation 1:
All apparatus and conductors shall be sufficient in size and power for the
work they are called upon to do, and so ... worked ... as to prevent danger
so far as is reasonably practicable.
The plaintiff, an electrician, was employed by the defendants at their cable
works. He was engaged in putting a new cable into a fuse box about 10 feet
above the ground when he received an electric shock. He fell off the ladder from
which he had been working and sustained injuries to his back. The plaintiff had
been working on the dead side of the fuse box, and as was the usual practice, in
such circumstances, he had not isolated the live side of the box.
On the plaintiff's claim for damages against the defendants on the grounds of
breaches of statutory duty including under the Electricity (Factories Acts)
Regulations, 1908, and at common law,
Held, giving judgment for the plaintiff, (1) that there had been a breach of
regulation 1 of the Electricity (Factories Acts) Regulations 1908, in that the
fuse box had not been so worked as to prevent danger, it being worked so that
it was live, and it would have been reasonably practicable to have prevented
danger by isolating the box by turning off the switch (post p. 6A).
(2) That the defendants were not in breach of their duty to the plaintiff
at common law; the method of work was that usually used and although there
was some risk involved in that system, it was not an unnecessary risk (post p. lOB).
(3) That there was a difference between the absolute duty of the
defendants to comply with the regulations and the plaintiffs duty to conduct
his work in accordance with them and as he was doing his work precisely as


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