Smith v Northamptonshire County Council

Liability of employer under PUWER
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Companies cannot be sued by staff injured when using equipment not provided or maintained by their employer. The House of Lords ruled against a care worker who tried to sue her employer after she was injured when a ramp (at the home of a person she was caring for) caused her to fall - even though the ramp had not been installed by the council for whom she worked.

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