This was an appeal from a decision of the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Sessions that Robb was 50% to blame for an accident and that his employer, Salamis (M&I) Limited (“Salamis”), had not breached the Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Robb claimed damages against Salamis for personal injuries suffered while he was working offshore on a semi-submersible production platform. Robb’s sole case was that the accident was caused by his Salamis’ breach of regulations 4 and 20 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Robb’s accident occurred while he was in the accommodation that was provided for men working on the platform. The accommodation was equipped with two-tier bunks. The bunks had suspended ladders held in position by retaining bars to provide access to the top bunks. Robb had been sleeping on the top bunk in the accommodation. The suspended access ladder was not properly engaged within the retaining bars. When Robb attempted to descend from the top bunk both he and the ladder fell to the floor and he was injured. Before descending, Robb did not check to see whether the ladder was properly engaged.

1 Had Robb established that Salamis had breached its statutory duty?

2 Was there a sound basis for finding that the accident was caused to any extent by the fault of Robb?