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General principles

    (1)     A person is not negligent in failing to take precautions against a risk of harm unless—

        (a)     the risk was foreseeable (that is, it is a risk of which the person knew or ought to have known); and

        (b)     the risk was not insignificant; and

        (c)     in the circumstances, a reasonable person in the person's position would have taken those precautions.

    (2)     In determining whether a reasonable person would have taken precautions against a risk of harm, the court is to consider the following (amongst other relevant things)—

        (a)     the probability that the harm would occur if care were not taken;

        (b)     the likely seriousness of the harm;

        (c)     the burden of taking precautions to avoid the risk of harm;

        (d)     the social utility of the activity that creates the risk of harm.

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (1)(b)—

        (a)     insignificant risks include, but are not limited to, risks that are far-fetched or fanciful; and

        (b)     risks that are not insignificant are all risks other than insignificant risks and include, but are not limited to, significant risks.

S. 49 inserted by No. 102/2003 s. 3.

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