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Claim Dismissed Against London Underground

AW Safety Management Ltd News and PR from AW Safety Management Ltd - Published 21 February 2022 300k London Underground Case Dismissed
After a young man fatally fell down fire escape stairs as a result of entering a restricted area in the London Underground, his mother brought civil action against them.

The young man had entered a staff-only area of Canning station. At the time he was passing through clearly marked emergency gates and a substantial wire gate. After considering these circumstances, the judge ruled that the man would be considered a trespasser. He believes he was aware he was in an 'off limits' area at the time of his accident. Because of the Occupier's liability Act 1984 businesses still have a duty to take reasonable care of trespassers. This is in relation to risk of injury on their premises.

After assessing the fire escape stairs and the risk they may have imposed to anyone, including a trespasser, it was declared that the stairs were not deemed as dangerous and were safe in terms of structure and maintenance. With both verdicts, the claim was dismissed and the judge ruled in favour of the London Underground.

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