The claimant, Mr Gillespie, suffered a crushing injury to his arm whilst working at night as a tunnel miner. The injury was sustained when a skip that stood on a four-wheeled cart moved and trapped his forearm. The accident left the claimant fit only for light and medium occupations and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive illness and alcoholism.
*Full case details Gillespie vs McFadden McManus Construction Limited and another, 21 July 2003, High Court, Queen's Bench Division, Judgment of Mr Justice MacKay
The defendant employer admitted primary liability, but argued that the claimant was contributorily negligent in failing to notice that the defendant's failure to comply with its duty, and that this had put him in a difficult or dangerous position.