Claim cold-shouldered!

Posted: 17th April 2012

snowWhen a man using the Swansea park and ride stepped off the bus, slipped on nearby ice and fell over and injured himself, he claimed against the council.
He argued that the bus driver, who was aware that the conditions were icy, should have warned him that there was ice on the pavement!
The Court of Appeal agreed that the ice hazard was both foreseeable and foreseen by the council. However, it observed that the hazard was not one which was unusual and was one of which members of the public should have been aware.
In the circumstances, it would be ‘a considerable extension of liability in the tort of negligence’ to hold the council liable for the man’s injury.
The claim failed.