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Sunday 21 September 2014

Chef settles case over broken wrist on team-building day out

Published 29/01/2014 | 17:42

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A team-building day out for managers of a four star luxury hotel ended up with a chef breaking his wrist as he took part in a relay race, the High Court heard.

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Cathal Kavanagh (54), executive head chef at the Carton House Spa and Golf Hotel, Maynooth, Co Kildare, was running backwards when he slipped and fell injuring his wrist.

Yesterday, he settled his action for damages which was brought against his employers, as well as against the organsiers of the team-building day out and the owners of the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Kildare, where the accident occurred.

Opening the case, Gerry Danaher SC, for Mr Kavanagh, said his client had received an invitation to a hotel management team building exercise to be held on October 3,2006  at the Riverbank.

The day out started with a military hostage rescue  and "there was a lot of running around", counsel said.

Mr Kavanagh was wearing leather-soled shoes.

The hotel managers were split in to two teams. They took part in a relay race which involved hopping across the floor on one foot and running backwards.

Mr Kavanagh, counsel said, slipped and broke his wrist.

"I would have thought going backwards is an unsafe practice for middle aged chefs. The rest of the team- building ceased after the fall," counsel said.

Mr  Kavanagh, Blackwood Drive , Ongar Chase, Ongar, Dublin 15, sued his employers, Chockablock Ltd with offices at Carton Demesne, Maynooth, JikiJela Ltd, Tubbercurry, Sligo, who were the organisers of the day out, and Kildare County Council which owned the Riverbank Arts Centre as a result of the accident.

He claimed his employer failed to ensure  the activities were safe or to take any or adequate steps to ensure no danger would be present.

The claims against all defendants were denied.

The case began yesterday but, after lunch, Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told it had been settled and could be struck out.

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