Law report: ‘Inadequate explanation’ caused claimant’s fireman’s pole injury

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Wilson v GP Haden (T/A Clyne Farm Centre)Queen's Bench Division, 15 Feb 2013The claimant, a scout leader, slipped down a fireman’s pole and severely injured his spine. He was the first individual in an estimated 300 000 who had been injured in this way. He sued the defendant for negligence.The facts were disputed, but the judge found that the supervisor had given minimal instructions as to how to descend the pole, as the supervisor had thought it “obvious”. As a result, the