Man injured in plant awarded €675,000 in damages
A 59-year-old man who suffered severe injuries when a load of metal fell on him in a steel plant has been awarded €675,000 by the High Court.
John Gardiner, from Limerick City, suffered extensive serious injuries and was rendered totally disabled in the accident, Mr Justice Anthony Barr said. He has also been left with continuing pain in his neck, upper back and shoulders.
The judge said Mr Gardiner would never work again and had been unable to resume his hobby of fishing. Mr Gardiner sued his employer, Zinc Processers Ltd, trading as Shannonside Galvanizing, Drombanna, Co Limerick, as a result of the accident on August 9, 2012.
Liability was not at issue and the case was before the court for assessment of damages only. Mr Gardiner was in hospital for 10 days following the incident and in the six months afterwards also experienced panic attacks, the judge said.
The judge was satisfied Mr Gardiner's inability to work after February 2015 was due to the psychiatric injury suffered in the accident.