Tuesday 27 September 2016

Electrician claimed he struggled to make cup of tea after injury at rail depot

Saurya Cherfi

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

An electrician has settled a €38,000 damages claim against former employer Iarnród Éireann
An electrician has settled a €38,000 damages claim against former employer Iarnród Éireann

An electrician, who claimed he had difficulty making a cup of tea after a shoulder injury, has settled a €38,000 damages claim against former employer Iarnród Éireann.

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Padraic Reddin told the court that in February 2012, he had been working at the Fairview depot in Dublin and had been changing a front destination scroll on a Dart train when he felt a sharp pain.

Reddin, of Whiteleaf Grove, Donaghmede, Dublin, told his barrister, Justin McQuade, that he had put the sign down, sat down for some time and completed the job on that day.

He had been to his GP more than a week after the accident as he had ongoing pain.

Mr Reddin, who sued Iarnród Éireann for negligence, claimed that the task of changing the 10kg sign, at a seven foot height, was a two-man job. The company had denied his claims.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that one of Reddin's superiors had refused to fill an accident report form as he had reported the accident two weeks after it had happened.

Following a brief adjournment, Mr McQuade said his client's claim had settled. Judge Groarke struck out the case and awarded Reddin his legal costs.

Irish Independent

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