From a misplaced mat to a $170k lawsuit – the danger of breaching duties of care (Australia)
Damages of $171,500 plus costs have been awarded against a Mosman owners corporation for a breach of its duty of care to a resident who tripped on a frayed floor mat Left in a lift for more than a day after somebody had moved in. The owners corporation’s duty of care owed to the resident was held to be a duty including the known potential risk of damage and injury caused by removalists using the building’s lift. The performance of this duty included ensuring compliance with the building’s code of conduct for moving, checking the adequacy of the mat used to protect the lift floor and ensuring it was safe for residents to go to and from their apartments while removals were occurring. Read the article…………….