Ryanair clerk loses claim tight uniform skirt caused injury
Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30
A former check-in clerk with Ryanair has lost a €38,000 claim against the airline and a staff recruitment company because of confusion over whether she was sitting or standing when she injured her back.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday ruled out a suggestion that a Ryanair uniform, "including high heels and a tight skirt," could be blamed for Agnieszka Spyra's back injury. Barrister Adrianne Fields, counsel for Ryanair and Mk Human Resources Limited, said Ms Spyra's claim had to be confined to alleged lack of training and whether or not she was sitting or standing when a baggage lifting incident occurred at Dublin Airport.
Ms Fields said she was grateful for the court's direction that high heels or a tight skirt had not been pleaded as contributory factors in the incident.
Ms Spyra (35), of Ringwood Close, Swords, Co Dublin, conceded she had stated in an Injuries Board claim and again to her doctor that she was seated at a check-in desk when she injured herself while turning to lift and tag a light bag on the conveyor belt.
Yesterday she told the court she had been standing at the time and had felt a shooting pain in her lower back when she bent down to her left and lifted the 8kg bag to tag it.
Ms Spyra also told Ms Fields she could not refute evidence that Ryanair had, in 2007 and in 2011, provided training of safe practice when lifting a bag.
Throwing out Ms Spyra's claim with an order for her to pay the legal costs of both Ryanair and Mk Human Resources, of Ashpine House, Slane Court, Glasnevin, Dublin, Judge Linnane said there was confusion about what exactly what happened at the check-in desk on July 28, 2011.
The judge said that only six months after the incident Ms Spyra had told her doctor she had been sitting when she lifted the bag. In her Injuries Board application she had noted she had been sitting. In March this year she told a forensic engineer she had been standing and had said the same in court. She was granted a stay on the costs order to facilitate consideration of a High Court appeal.