Geoffrey Hancy - Barrister

Smith v High Energy Service Pty Ltd

[2021] WADC 101

Catastrophic injury. Liability of electrical contractor with high voltage expertise. Plaintiff suffered severe burn injuries from an explosion of the contents of a switch gear tank in an electrical substation in a shopping centre. The tank contained oil and high voltage conductors.  Two other men were severely burnt and did not survive. The plaintiff sued his employer, an electrical contractor who was present and also severely injured, and the shopping centre owners. The claim succeeded against the employer only.  The electrical contractor client was successful

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