Monday 26 September 2016

Ryanair employee who fell on ice settles court action with airline and DAA

Tim Healy

Published 18/06/2015 | 16:11

Karl Smith (56) sued the airline and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for negligence over alleged injuries from the fall on December 10, 2010.
Pic: Courtpix
Karl Smith (56) sued the airline and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for negligence over alleged injuries from the fall on December 10, 2010. Pic: Courtpix
SMITH: (KARL); RYANAIR GROUND OPERATIVE SUNG THE COMPANY AND DUBLIN AIRPORT IN PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES, HIGH COURT, DUBLIN, (17/6/15).***See Hi Ct story.******SLIP AND FALL ON ICE WHILST WORKING. PIC. SHOWS: KARL SMITH, (56 YRS.) A RYANAIR GROUND OPERATIVE LEAVING COURT YESTERDAY (WED.) AFTER THE OPENING DAY OF HIS PERSONAL INJURIES ACTION FOR DAMAGES AGAINST THE COMPANY AND DUBLIN AIRPORT. (PIC: COURTPIX)

LEGAL action by a Ryanair ground operative over a fall on ice while working at Dublin Airport has been settled.

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Karl Smith (56) sued the airline and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for negligence over alleged injuries from the fall on December 10, 2010.

Mr Smith, of Maple House, Applewood, Swords, Co Dublin, said he struck his head off a concrete bollard after he slipped. He said he lost consciousness for a number of seconds to minutes and suffered severe headaches subsequently.

Read more here: Ryanair employee suing airline and Dublin Airport after falling on ice  

He claimed he was walking from the staff break room to the security checkpoint along a designated walkway when the accident occurred.

He claimed the walkway should have been cleared of the ice and snow so that he had a safe place of work.

The defendants denied the claims and said he took a shortcut which led to the fall.

The case opened in the High Court on Wednesday and resumed earlier today when Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told the matter could be struck out.

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