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01 December 2008
The claimant was a refuse collector who wore new steel-cap safety boots during his shift. They were uncomfortable and by the end of the day his left foot was severely inflamed and swollen.
The claimant was a 24-year-old labourer. His arm was caught in a conveyor system at work, causing a very bad injury.
The claimant was a council gardener who was using a ride-on mower to cut the grass in a cemetery when the front wheel of the mower went over a kerbed edging of a grave that had not been topped up, causing the mower to jolt to one side and the claimant to aggravate a pre-existing shoulder injury.
The claimant, a 72-year-old man, was involved in an RTA in November 2004. He had a previously asymptomatic degenerative cervical spine condition with acceleration by three years causing him to suffer from pain, aching and stiffness in his neck, radiating to his right shoulder.
The important legal issue in this test case was to determine the true meaning and effect of the terms of insurance policies that were sold to employers at a time when workers were being negligently exposed to asbestos.