| Commentary

99 Duty to employees

| Commentary

99 Duty to employees

Every employer owes a duty of care to ensure the safety of its employees1. This involves the provision of a competent staff2, adequate materials3 and a safe system of work with effective supervision4. The duty is one of reasonable care, but the employer will be liable for the negligence of any independent contractor to whom it entrusts its discharge5.

Apart from its liability at common law, an employer is subject to numerous duties imposed by legislation, some of which are specifically related to the construction industry6

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