It is well established that an employer may be liable for an employee's psychiatric illness caused by stress at work. But what principles govern the case where an employee's complaint is not that the system of work provided by his employer subjected him to an unreasonable risk of physical injury, but that it subjected him to mental stress? This was the principal question considered by the House of Lords in Barber v Somerset County Council.
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