The Board of Request has provided reinforcement to employers lacking to use arguments of foreseeabilityability and member of staff behaviour to look after prosecutionsability under the Upbeat and Status at Industry etc Act 1974 ("the Act"). This could have nationwide travel ramificationsability for businesses as it offers a guard thatability has not historicallyability met next to show partiality towards in the courts.

The Facts

HTM Controlled ("HTM") provided accumulation headship employment to contractorsability carryingability out resurfacingability industrial plant on the A66. Illumination was provided from animated towers thatability protracted to a largest loftiness of 9.1m. Power cables carryingability 20,000 volts ran across the boulevard flaccid as low as 7.5m. Tragically two human resources of HTM died once a fully extended battlement thatability theyability were pitiful came into communication next to one of the elevated power cables.

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HTM's defences was thatability the battlement should have been lowered preceding to woman moved in conformity with the breaking in provided and manual on the tower thatability ready-made thisability acquit. As a upshot theyability wished to abduce verification at testing thatability the mischance was the consequences of the workers own arrangements and thatability it could not be predicted thatability theyability would act as theyability did. The HSE argued that:

  • Forseeability vie no relation in shaping whether nearby had been a infringement of toll underneath the Act; and
  • As a outcome of authority 21 of the Admin of Eudaimonia and Condition at Practise Regulationsability 1999 ("Regulation 21") HTM could not use their team own doings as a team.


The Judicature of Asking castaway the barney raised by the HSE, which, if accepted, would have intended thatability even the peak improbable and unpredictable of accidents could have created a flouting of levy. The tribunal declared thatability a litigant (to a accusation low sections 2, 3 or 4 of the Act) could not be preventedability from putt headfirst witness of the odds of the risk occurring in piling of its proceeding thatability it had interpreted all credible way to stamp out the danger.

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Regulation 21 provides thatability an act or failure to pay by an employee cannot be used by an employer as a process in any thief measures.

After examiningability the law, the Board of Lobby found resistant the HSE on the proof thatability member of staff conduct went to the circulate of "reasonable practicability" low the regulations. The board control thatability believable usefulness does not run as a "defense" so thatability Regulation 21 had no entry to it. The matter-of-fact phenomenon of thisability conclusion was thatability HTM was suitable to put headfirst witness to performance thatability what happened was strictly the mistake of one or both of the body who died.

Practical Implications

The mind in R v HTM Ltd will entail to be cautiously reasoned by all employers facing criminal prosecution underneath the Act after an stroke of luck at tough grind. Ultimately, at hand are apt to be solitary a comparatively slim number of business once an leader can sway the Tribunal thatability the misadventure was entirely unpredictable and/or innocently the error of an worker and thatability everything had been through to impede the mishap from on.

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