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PROGRAM EKSEKUTIF SARJANA PENGURUSAN KESELAMATAN INDUSTRI SEMESTER 2 SESI 2008/2009 ZILK6013 UNDANG-UNDANG INDUSTRI DAN ALAM SEKITAR ASSIGNMENT # 1 SIM.

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1 PROGRAM EKSEKUTIF SARJANA PENGURUSAN KESELAMATAN INDUSTRI SEMESTER 2 SESI 2008/2009 ZILK6013 UNDANG-UNDANG INDUSTRI DAN ALAM SEKITAR ASSIGNMENT # 1 SIM KIM SAM V FONG AH YIN & ORS [1982] 2 MLJ 56 PREPARED FOR PROF. KAMAL HALILI HASSAN UKM PREPARED BY GROUP 3 ARDI BIN HABI: GP00004 AZMA LISSA MOHAMAD SHAHAR: GP00007 NAGATHEESAN V. MARIMUTHU: GP00037 WALTER VICTOR : GP00047

2 THE MALAYAN LAW JOURNAL SIM KIM SAM V FONG AH YIN & ORS [1982] 2 MLJ 56 CIVIL SUIT NO 780 OF 1972 OCJ KUALA LUMPUR DECIDED-DATE-1: 16 DECEMBER 1981 DECIDED-DATE-1: 16 DECEMBER 1981 GEORGE J High Court

3 CASE SUMMARY IN THIS CASE: - 1.The First defendant had successfully tendered to do certain works for the third defendants. The works included the removal and replacement of a bullwheel on one of the dredges of the third defendants. 2.The first defendant engaged the second defendant as foreman and a number of workmen including the plaintiff. 3.The plaintiff was injured in an accident which occurred when the sling which bore the full weight of the bull wheel snapped and the wheel fell causing injury to the plaintiff as a result of which his left leg had to be amputated

4 WHO IS WHO PLAINTIFF SIM KIM SAM APPRENTICE FITTER 1 ST DEFENDANT FONG AH YIN CONTRACTOR 2 ND DEFENDANT HO HOONG SIONG FOREMAN 3 RD DEFENDANT SOUTHERN PROJECT OWNER

5 TORT A civil suit for damages by the Plaintiff against Southern, the Contractor and Ho Hoong Seong contending that one or more of them are liable to him in damages for negligence and/or for breach of the statutory duty imposed by section 14 of the Factories and Machinery Act A civil suit for damages by the Plaintiff against Southern, the Contractor and Ho Hoong Seong contending that one or more of them are liable to him in damages for negligence and/or for breach of the statutory duty imposed by section 14 of the Factories and Machinery Act 1967.

6 Section 14 of the Factories and Machinery Act 1967 “All machinery and every part thereof including all fittings and attachments shall be sound construction and sound material free from defect and suitable for the purpose and shall be properly maintained”

7 BACKGROUND The first-named defendant who is also the contractor had successfully tendered to do certain works for the third-named defendant (who are also the second-named Third Party) (hereinafter referred to as "Southern") The first-named defendant who is also the contractor had successfully tendered to do certain works for the third-named defendant (who are also the second-named Third Party) (hereinafter referred to as "Southern") It was a lump sum contract and it was agreed between the parties that for the execution of the works "only the following items will be supplied by the Company (Southern): Oxygen, Accetylene, Bolts, Nuts, Pivots, lifting gear and slings." It was a lump sum contract and it was agreed between the parties that for the execution of the works "only the following items will be supplied by the Company (Southern): Oxygen, Accetylene, Bolts, Nuts, Pivots, lifting gear and slings."

8 BACKGROUND The accident caused due to snapping of the steel rope sling which lead to dropping of the bull wheel from inches height above the deck of the dredge during the repair work. The accident caused due to snapping of the steel rope sling which lead to dropping of the bull wheel from inches height above the deck of the dredge during the repair work. During the accident, the plaintiff and other workmen were under the supervision of one Ho Hoong Seong, the second defendant. During the accident, the plaintiff and other workmen were under the supervision of one Ho Hoong Seong, the second defendant. Second Defendant admitted that he did not know how to make the necessary calculations to decide on the thickness of steel rope to be used. Second Defendant admitted that he did not know how to make the necessary calculations to decide on the thickness of steel rope to be used.

9 DEFENDANTS’ ARGUMENTS Manager for Southern, Patrick John Price testified that when he rushed up to the scene of the accident immediately after it had occurred, he noticed that not only was the steel rope used as the sling not of sufficient strength but that the lagging used was insufficient. He said that the steel rope used was a 7/8th inch rope which in his opinion was undersized for a lift of 8 tons which he testified was the weight of the bullwheel. He also maintained that the steel rope could not have been supplied by Southern as it was a type of steel rope not used by his company. Manager for Southern, Patrick John Price testified that when he rushed up to the scene of the accident immediately after it had occurred, he noticed that not only was the steel rope used as the sling not of sufficient strength but that the lagging used was insufficient. He said that the steel rope used was a 7/8th inch rope which in his opinion was undersized for a lift of 8 tons which he testified was the weight of the bullwheel. He also maintained that the steel rope could not have been supplied by Southern as it was a type of steel rope not used by his company.

10 DEFENDANTS’ ARGUMENTS Ho's evidence was that his employer the Contractor had told him that the bullwheel weighed 6 tons and that he was to use a 7/8th inch steel rope as a sling. Ho's evidence was that his employer the Contractor had told him that the bullwheel weighed 6 tons and that he was to use a 7/8th inch steel rope as a sling. Patrick John Price however noticed that there was some lagging used but was of the view that it was insufficient to avert the danger of the sharp edges of the spokes cutting through the rope. Patrick John Price however noticed that there was some lagging used but was of the view that it was insufficient to avert the danger of the sharp edges of the spokes cutting through the rope.

11 PLAINTIFF’S ARGUMENTS The plaintiff had pleaded that at all relevant times "he was the servant of all the three defendants or one or other of them The plaintiff had pleaded that at all relevant times "he was the servant of all the three defendants or one or other of them Whatever might have been the contractual relationship between the parties each of the defendants should bear a measure of liability for the damage suffered by the plaintiff in that each of them had contributed in negligence that resulted in the accident occurring. Whatever might have been the contractual relationship between the parties each of the defendants should bear a measure of liability for the damage suffered by the plaintiff in that each of them had contributed in negligence that resulted in the accident occurring. The plaintiff testified that there was no lagging at all. The plaintiff testified that there was no lagging at all.

12 COURT’S DECISION On the issue of whose servant was the plaintiff, the court held that: - 1.Both the second defendant and the plaintiff were at all relevant times the servants of the first defendant, the second defendant as the foreman in charge of the gang of workmen installing the bull wheel and the plaintiff as an apprentice fitter working as such under the supervision of the second defendant; 2.The steel rope used by the second defendant was supplied to him by the dredge master and it snapped or parted in the middle of the loop between the two spokes because it was not of an adequate strength to maintain a lift of 8 tons;

13 COURT’S DECISION 3. The second defendant had a duty towards the plaintiff to use ordinary care and skill in carrying out his duties as foreman in charge. In the circumstances of this case he could not be said to be negligent. It would be contrary to all reason and justice to hold a workman, who reasonably relied on his employer's representations, liable in negligence for not having the skill and knowledge of an engineer; 4.The first defendant was negligent in giving the instructions to the second defendant that resulted in the inadequate steel rope being used, the snapping of which caused the wheel to fall and injure the plaintiff;

14 COURT’S DECISION 5.In this case the dredge master functioned as far as the first defendant and the works undertaken by him were concerned as a sort of storekeeper. He was asked for a 7/8 inch steel rope sling and he supplied this. There was no suggestion that the sling supplied was defective; 6.The third defendants were not involved in any way in the installation of the bull wheel or other works that were the subject matter of the contract with the contractor other than that they were obliged to make available certain equipment to the contractors, the first defendants, which included the sling. The third defendants had parted with overall responsibility for the installation works to the first defendant and they must be absolved of any contribution in negligence;

15 COURT’S DECISION (7) The damages awarded would be— (7) The damages awarded would be— $ 18,000 for loss of earnings up to date of judgment; $ 18,000 for loss of earnings up to date of judgment; $ 24,000 for future loss of earnings; $ 24,000 for future loss of earnings; $ 38,000 for compensation for pain and suffering. $ 38,000 for compensation for pain and suffering.

16 COURT’S DECISION In coming to the decision, the case was also referred to the following cases: - In coming to the decision, the case was also referred to the following cases: - 1. Heaven v Pender [1881-5] All ER 35, Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC Mc Ardle v Andmac Roofing Co [1967] 1 All ER Home Office v Dorset Yacht Co Ltd [1970] 2 All ER Harmer v Cornelius (1858) 5 CBNS 236, Harvey v RG O'Dell Ltd [1958] 1 All ER 657, 667

17 GROUP’S OPINION The group is in the opinion that the second defendant should also be liable for negligent due breach of sec 26 of FMA as such The group is in the opinion that the second defendant should also be liable for negligent due breach of sec 26 of FMA as such The question is does the defendant has the responsibility of duty of care to the plaintiff. No person should be employed at any machine or in any process, being a machine or process liable to cause bodily injury, unless he has been fully instructed as to dangers likely to arise in connection therewith and the precautions to be observed and No person should be employed at any machine or in any process, being a machine or process liable to cause bodily injury, unless he has been fully instructed as to dangers likely to arise in connection therewith and the precautions to be observed and – Has received sufficient instruction in work at the machine or process or – Is under adequate supervision by a person who has knowledge and experience of the machine or process.

18 Donoghue v Stevenson Duty of reasonable care “Kedekatan tidak terhad kepada kedekatan dari segi fizikal tetapi juga meliputi orang –orang yang dipengaruhi dengan secara langsung oleh perbuatan seseorang dan orang itu sepatutnya secara munasabah tahu bahawa mereka akan terjejas dengan perbuatan orang itu.” Smith v Baker (Tanggungan Majikan) “Memastikan alat yang digunakan oleh pekerja-pekerja adalah selamat dalam keadaan yang baik” Latimer v AEC (Tanggungan Majikan) Majikan perlu mengambil langkah-langkah yang munasabah untuk memastikan tempat bekerja mereka selamat

19 General Cleaning Contractors v Christmas “Majikan harus memastikan bahawa terdapatnya keadaan kerja yang selamat bagi pekerjanya.”

20 THANK YOU


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