Cranstan, Veloris v Mars Auto Parts & Transmission Services Ltd

Case Number: 
CL1996/C117
Date of Delivery: 
16.12.2005

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE OF JAMAICA

CLAIM No. CL1996/C117

BETWEEN VELORIS CRANSTAN CLAIMANT

AND MARS AUTO PARTS &

TRANSMISSION SERVICES LTD. DEFENDANT

Mr. Sylvester Morris for the Claimant

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Mr. Anthony Pearson instructed by Pearson & Company for Defendant

Heard: November 30,2005, December 2 and 16,2005

Straw J (Aa.)

The claimant, Veloris Cranstan, 54 years old, is suing her employers, Mars Auto

Parts & Transmission Services Limited in negligence for breach of their duty of care. In

the alternative, she is alleging breach of the Occupier's Liability Act.

Ms. Cranstan was employed to the defendant company as an office helper. On

May 26, 1995, she was so employed. Her duties included dusting, mopping the floor,

cleaning windows and bathrooms. Her working hours were 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

During this time, she had expressed instructions to clean the building twice per day, at

12:OO p.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. andlor possible 5:00 p.m.

The building has a flight of stairs that connects the ground floor, second floor and

third floor. At about 11:30 a.m., Ms. ~rahstanf ell on the stairway whilst proceeding

from the third floor. She sustained injuries in the process which are the subject of this

claim. She is alleging that she slipped on oil or grease on the staircase and that this was

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