Where a principal employs an independent contractor1 to execute work for him, he may, in certain circumstances, still be liable for injury arising from a nuisance caused by the independent contractor. A person who orders work to be executed on his own premises, lawful in itself but from which, in the natural course of things, injurious consequences to his neighbour must be expected to arise unless means are adopted by which such consequences may be prevented, is bound to take all reasonable measures to prevent the mischief; and he cannot relieve himself of his responsibility by employing someone else,
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