In this appeal to the High Court of Australia, the Appeallant, Kathryne Strong sustained a serious spinal injury after a slip and fall at a Woolworths Centre. At the time of the incident, Kathryne was on crutches and slipped and fell when she lost control of a crutch which she had placed on a greasy chip.
The basis of the Appeal was centred around the common difficulty faced in all slip and fall accidents, namely the establishment of a causal connection between an adequate cleaning system being in place and the time from when the slippery object was deposited to the actual injury being sustained.
Despite Woolworth’s having a rotational fifteen minute cleaning schedule in place, it was held that it had materially contributed to Kathryne’s harm and was therefore sufficiently negligent to establish factual causation. This was based on the fact that it could not be found that the chip was on the ground for long enough for it not to have been timeously detected and removed by a reasonable cleaning system.
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