Saturday 3 December 2016

Waitress sues Lough Rynn Castle over alleged unsafe jug which shattered and cut her thumb

Published 09/03/2016 | 17:11

Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Leitrim
Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Leitrim

A WAITRESS in a luxury hotel suffered an arm injury when a glass jug she was filling shattered, the High Court heard.

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Sophie Caillaud (42), who is French and lives at Shannon View, Leitrim Village, Co Leitrim, said "the bottom of the jug exploded" and she suffered a deep laceration at the base of her right thumb.

She has sued Lough Rynn Castle Ltd, operators of the Lough Rynn Castle hotel in Mohill, Leitrim, along with two UK companies over the allegedly unsafe glass jug.

She claims she has been left with a loss of strength in her right hand and could not resume work as a waitress.

She said she still feels pain in her hand over eight years after the accident on December 9, 2007 when she worked on the breakfast shift.

Ms Caillaud told the court she cannot now cycle because she can't pull the brakes with her right hand.  She cannot play tennis and can only carry light items.

She has claimed Lough Rynn Castle Ltd allegedly failed to ensure she was provided with a safe system of work.  There was also alleged

negligence on the part of two companies, Bunzl Outsourcing Ltd, Seymour street, London, and Utopia Tableware Ltd, Chesterfield, as producers of the jug. The defendants deny all claims.

Ms Caillaud claimed she was filling the jug from a water cooler when it shattered.  She was  extremely shocked and shaken and had to wear a cast for three weeks.

Under cross-examination by Jim O'Callaghan SC, for the defendants, she disagreed she was exaggerating the extent of her immobility.

Put to her that her pain was only intermittent, Ms Caillaud replied "No".

Counsel put it to her that even if she stayed on as a waitress, given the downturn in the economy, she more than likely would have ended up working three days part time instead of full time.

She said if that had happened she would have got another full time job.  She said the Carrick on Shannon area of Leitrim did not feel the recession like other places in Ireland.

The case resumes Friday.

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