Woodward v Mayor of Hastings [1945] KB 174, this was a decision before the Court of Appeal concerning occupiers' liability and contracting to eliminate occupiers liability.


The defendant school hired cleaners to defrost the ice on the staircase. The claimant was badly injured after slipping on the staircase due to the ice. 


The court found that this case was different from Haseldine v Daw because defrosting the stairs did not entail any technical knowledge, it was something that the school could have done themselves, and therefore ensuring that the cleaners had done their jobs properly was not unreasonable to expect of the school authority.