Thompson v Dublin Bus (2015)

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    [2015] IESC 22
  • Legal Body
    Irish Supreme Court (IESC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Health and Safety
Issues covered: Health and Safety

The recent Supreme Court decision of Thompson v Dublin Bus (2015) has clarified that employers’ duties in relation to the safety of work equipment provided to employees is not absolute.


The plaintiff was a bus driver employed by Dublin Bus. On the day in question, in the course of driving the bus, the plaintiff traversed a number of ramps and at one of the ramps, the pneumatic suspension of the bus malfunctioned causing a loss of “cushion effect” thereby causing him neck and lower back injury.


Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 1993, there were various duties on employers to ensure the safety of any equipment

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This article is correct at 25/11/2015

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