Friday 20 October 2017

Baggage handler settles case over 'two electric shocks'

Tim Healy

A DUBLIN Airport baggage handler who claimed he was injured after allegedly receiving two electric shocks when plugging a defective power cable into a Boeing 737 plane has settled his High Court action.

Patrick Kemmy (39) Park Boulevard, Tyrellstown, Blanchardstown, Dublin, claimed the Dublin Airport Authority and his employer Servisair were negligent by allowing him to use unsafe equipment and by failing to provide him with a safe place of work which led to the accident on in the early hours of April 27, 2009.

He claimed that the cable he was plugging into the aircraft's power socket should have been properly protected against the ingress of water, as it was raining at time, and this caused the electric shocks.

The defendants denied the incident ever happened and if it did he would have not lived to tell the tale.

Mr Kemmy, a married father of two, said when he got a shock the first time he plugged the cable in, he thought he had done something wrong and tried again but got a bigger shock the second time.

A short time later, he began suffering tingling in his right arm, chest pain, shortness of breath, neck pain and headaches shortly, he said.

The headaches and neck pain continued and still continue and he has missed work nine or ten times as a result of his suffering, he said.

He also experiences intermittent tingling in his right arm which can feel numb.

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