Tuesday 27 September 2016

Flight attendant sues after 'case toppled down Dublin airport escalator and hit her'

Tim Healy

Published 26/01/2016 | 18:24

Jean Nolan leaving court. Photo: COURTPIX
Jean Nolan leaving court. Photo: COURTPIX
Dublin airport: file photo

AN Aer Lingus flight attendant who claims she was injured when a case toppled down an escalator and hit her at Dublin Airport has sued In the High Court.

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Jean Nolan (57) was in Terminal 2 when she heard a shout and a case came hurtling down the escalator behind her and struck her, knocking her off her feet.

"I held on, I had nowhere to go. The case took the legs from under me,” the cabin crew manager on trans-Atlantic flights told the court.

She later went to a doctor and said she felt like she "had been hit by a bus.”

Ms Nolan, of Castle Cove, Malahide, Dublin, has sued the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and the owner of the case, Kate Doyle, Kitestown, Crossabeg, Co Wexford, as a result of the accident on May 3. 2011.

She was out of work for ten weeks after the accident and later had to have a hip operation, the court heard.

It is also claimed she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her counsel, Esmonde Keane, said an issue the action was the time of the accident.

There were no signs for lifts at Terminal 2 and Ms Doyle, whose suitcase it was, would say she saw no option but to take the escalator.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure at the time to provide or maintain barriers or other apparatus at the entrance to the escalator to prevent people carrying large suitcases on to the escalator.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to provide and maintain any signage or warnings that large baggage were not to be carried on the escalator.

The DAA and Ms Doyle have denied all claims.

The court heard the case was a hard-shell check-in bag with wheels.

Ms Nolan suffered significant injuries and required a hip replacement later, counsel said.

Signs for the lifts at Terminal 2 have been modified since the accident  and escalators now have a barrier to stop bags being carried on to the escalators.

Ms Nolan said the owner of the bag apologised.

The case continues.

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