Sunday 22 October 2017

RTE worker who was hit on head by toilet roll dispenser as he sat on lavatory settles damages case

Christopher Bardin, of Rathmines, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of his High Court action for damages
Christopher Bardin, of Rathmines, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts after the opening day of his High Court action for damages

AN RTE studio supervisor has settled his High Court action over an accident in a toilet at the broadcaster's studios.

Christopher Bardin claimed he was left with a constant whistling in his ears after part of a toilet roll dispenser fell on his head as as he sat on the toilet at Montrose.

Mr Bardin said he was sitting on the toilet for the disabled in the audience holding area, adjoining Studio 4, when the dispenser unexpectedly opened and hit him on the left side of the head.

He claimed he has been suffering from tinnitus in his left ear following the accident on May 26, 2008.

Mr Bardin (61), Rathmines Close,  Dublin, sued his employer RTE and cleaning contractors, Maybin Support Services Ireland Ltd, trading as Momentum Support, with offices at Steeven's Lane Dublin, over the incident.

He  claimed there was a failure to adequately repair the toilet roll dispenser's latching device and a failure to ensure the safety of the toilet facilities.

He also claimed there was a failure to maintain the toilet roll dispenser's latching device in order to prevent it suddenly hitting him.

He claimed  he suffered a diminution of his enjoyment of life, together with a loss of amenity and he has great difficulty sleeping because of the constant whistling in his left ear.

Liability was admitted in this case and it was before the court for assessment of damages only.

When the case was called before Mr Justice Bernard Barton Thursday (July 28) the court was told it had been settled and could be struck out.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News