Employers' Duties Regarding the Safety of Work Equipment Provided to Employees

Posted in : Eversheds HR Speed Brief on 27 March 2015
Anna Broderick
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Anna Broderick writes on a recent Supreme Court decision which will be of interest to employers in the context of their duties regarding the safety of work equipment provided to employees.

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.  

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