Environmental, Safety & Health Review

    February 2011

    In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal has said that if a contractor has conducted a thorough risk assessment an employer’s own risk assessment can be much less detailed.

    Uren v Corporate Leisure (UK) Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 66 was an appeal by Robert Uren after his claim for damages in respect of severe personal injuries suffered during a Health and Fun Day at RAF High Wycombe was dismissed. Mr Uren was a senior aircraftman in the RAF and was taking part in a series of ‘It’s a Knock Out’ style games. One of the games was a relay race during which participants had to retrieve objects from within an inflatable pool filled with water to a depth of 18 inches. The pool was supplied by Corporate Leisure (UK) Limited, an events company that also gave instructions and supervised the games. Mr Uren took part in the second heat in the relay race and entered the pool head first. He struck his head on the base of the pool and broke his neck.