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Ryanair employee suing airline and Dublin Airport after falling on ice

Tim Healy

Published 17/06/2015 | 17:05

Karl Smith, a Ryanair ground operative, is suing the airline and DAA in personal injuries action for damages
Karl Smith, a Ryanair ground operative, is suing the airline and DAA in personal injuries action for damages
Karl Smith, a Ryanair ground operative, is suing the airline and DAA in personal injuries action for damages
Karl Smith, a Ryanair ground operative, is suing the airline and DAA in personal injuries action for damages

A RYANAIR ground operative is suing the airline and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for negligence over injuries from a fall on ice while at work more than four years ago.

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Karl Smith (56), of Maple House, Applewood, Swords, Co Dublin, says he struck his head off a concrete bollard after slipped on ice and snow and lost consciousness for a number of seconds to minutes on December 10, 2010.

He claims he was walking from the staff break room to the security checkpoint along a designated walkway when he slipped.  He claims the walkway should have been cleared of the ice and snow so that he had a safe place of work.

The defendants deny the claims and say he took a shortcut which led to the fall.

The High Court heard that after the fall, he was taken to Beaumont Hospital and treated. He claimed he had severe headaches immediately after the accident.

He continued to suffer from headaches for a number of months afterwards, he says.

The case continues before Mr Justice Michael Hanna.

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