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Does an employer owe a duty in tort to properly maintain a building once completed?

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Published on LexisPSL on 14/03/2019

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  • Does an employer owe a duty in tort to properly maintain a building once completed?

Does an employer owe a duty in tort to properly maintain a building once completed?

We are not aware of any general duty in tort which requires an employer to properly maintain a building once completed.

However, such a failure may be relevant in other ways, for example:

  1. under the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957, an occupier of property owes a duty of care to visitors in respect of dangers due to the state of the premises (see Practice Note: Occupiers’ liability)

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