Bunnings Group Ltd v Borg [2014] NSWCA 240

ON 28 JULY 2014, the NSW Court of Appeal delivered Bunnings Group Ltd v Borg [2014] NSWCA 240.


The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against a District Court decision awarding damages to customer of Bunnings Dural who was injured when some timber sleepers fell off a forklift onto his foot.

The Court of Appeal found that there was insufficient factual findings to come to the conclusion of negligence: there was conflicting evidence of the tilting of the forklift and no evidence about effect of warning or what would have occurred if there were more staff.

The Court of Appeal found that there were insufficient findings for it to make a substituted judgment.

The Court of Appeal set aside the verdict and ordered a retrial on the grounds that the trial judge failed to make clear findings about breach and causation as required under the Civil Liability Act 2002, ss 5B, 5C, 5D and 5E.


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