March 22, 2012

Court of Appeal judgment reinforces the need for retailers and their insurers to ensure adequate risk assessments are carried out

The Court of Appeal handed down judgment today on a case that saw three employees at a Co-op convenience store seek compensation from their employer for psychiatric injuries caused by multiple robberies at the store that they worked in. The Court ruled that United Co-operatives Limited was not liable for the psychiatric injuries suffered by the three Claimants. Risk Assessments carried out by the employer, and subsequent control measures including staff training, formed a key part of the defence.

Roddy MacLeod, head of the Commercial Insurance team at national law firm Weightmans LLP, acted for United Co-operatives Limited in the case. He warns that the decision reinforces the need for retailers and their insurers to ensure adequate risk assessments are carried out:

“Store robberies are an on-going area of concern for many retailers, and as such they need to take a strict approach to risk assessments. Appropriate security measures – such as those employed by the Co-op – should be put in place to try and protect employees”

Click here for more information on the case and Weightmans’ comment following the judgement.

 

Reported by Weightmans 22/03/12