Council worker injured by syringe loses appeal
A MAN has lost a legal action over being pricked in the hand by a syringe as he picked up rubbish while working as a street sweeper, writes Tim Healy.
Mark McGee (36), of St James's Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, sued his former employer Dublin City Council over the incident on November 24, 2008, when his hand was pricked by a needle hidden in blankets he had picked up from a porch of a closed-down business on Townsend Street.
The High Court heard he had tests over a number of months for AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis, before he got the all-clear.
He claimed as a result of the incident, he suffered significant anxiety and fear. He is no longer employed by the council as he continued to suffer from stress, his counsel said.
He claimed the council was negligent on a number of grounds, including failure to provide him with suitable gloves or to give him adequate health and safety training.
The council denied the claim.
The case had been dismissed in the Circuit Court and was appealed yesterday before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns who also dismissed it.