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Friday 29 August 2014

€1.5m payout for worker who fell from house roof

Tim Healy

Published 03/05/2014 | 02:30

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A worker who suffered a serious brain injury when he fell from the roof of a house on his first day at a job has settled his High Court action for €1.5m.

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Paul O'Brien (50) had been long-term unemployed when he got work as a roofer – but fell as he tried to get down on to a ladder which had been set up on timber decking.

Mr O'Brien, of Brook Lodge, Ballymoate, Glenealy, Co Wicklow, sued his employer Sean Lyons, Clondalkin Towers, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, as a result of the fall on July 18, 2012, in Bray.

He claimed there was a failure to provide a safe place of work, have adequate scaffolding or suitable roofing ladders to enable him to carry out his duties safely.

Senior Counsel Richard Kean said Mr O'Brien's short-term memory is now appalling and he will not work again. Approving the settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said she sympathised with the O'Brien family.

Irish Independent

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