Monday 5 December 2016

RTÉ worker sues over toilet roll dispenser that hit him in the head

Tim Healy

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

Christopher Bardin of Rathmines, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Christopher Bardin of Rathmines, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts

An RTÉ studio supervisor claims he has been left with a constant whistling in his ears after part of a toilet roll dispenser fell on his head while he sat on the toilet at Montrose.

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Christopher Bardin (61) says he was sitting on the toilet for the disabled in the audience holding area when the toilet roll dispenser unexpectedly opened and hit him on the left side of the head.

He has sued in the High Court claiming he has been suffering from tinnitus following the accident on May 26, 2008.

The dispenser was later replaced.

Mr Bardin, who worked at RTÉ for 39 years, has also filed another personal injuries claim relating to an alleged incident four years later.

He claims this later incident exacerbated his tinnitus condition by about 50pc.

Mr Bardin, of Rathmines Close, Dublin, has sued his employer, RTÉ, and cleaning contractors, Maybin Support Services Ireland Ltd, trading as Momentum Support, with offices at Steven's Lane, Dublin, over the incident.

He claims he has suffered a diminution of his enjoyment of life.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton was told that liability had been admitted in this case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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