Friday 22 September 2017

Injured man sues friend after tree fell on top of him

'In his action, Mr Sayers claims a mechanical excavator Mr Hayes was controlling moved the tree, causing it to fall' Stock photo: Getty Images
'In his action, Mr Sayers claims a mechanical excavator Mr Hayes was controlling moved the tree, causing it to fall' Stock photo: Getty Images

Tim Healy

A man suffered a severe crush injury while helping a friend cut down a tree which fell on him, the High Court heard.

Anthony Sayers (65) has sued dairy farmer Tom Hayes of Rathcole, Fethard, Co Tipperary, as a result of the incident on September 12, 2013, on Mr Hayes's property.

Mr Sayers was tended to by a doctor as he was trapped under the tree for 45 minutes, his senior counsel Jeremy Maher told the court.

Mr Sayers, from Watergate, Fethard, Co Tipperary, had been helping his friend fell the 70ft tree. He had to be given morphine and oxygen as efforts were made to free him.

In his action, Mr Sayers claims a mechanical excavator Mr Hayes was controlling moved the tree, causing it to fall.

He also claims there was a failure to ensure the area where the tree was to fall was safe. The case is before the court for assessment of damages only.

The court heard Mr Sayers suffered a very serious injury to the pelvic area.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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