Thursday 8 December 2016

Widow whose husband died during construction on Luas line settles action for €685,000

Published 12/10/2016 | 17:13

Eilis Crawford leaves the High Court in Dublin today where she was awarded 685,000 Pic Collins Courts.
Eilis Crawford leaves the High Court in Dublin today where she was awarded 685,000 Pic Collins Courts.

A widow whose husband died during construction works on the Dublin Luas line extension has settled her High Court action for €685,000.

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Eilis Crawford (43) had sued over the death of her husband George, a father of two, in what the court heard was a tragic accident near the Luas Extension Project at Citywest Avenue, Dublin, on May 15, 2009.

Mr Crawford from Forge Meadow, Ballon, Co Carlow, was helping offload concrete slabs from a trailer parked on the roadway adjacent to the site compound near the Luas project.

 As he was attaching the lifting chains to the lifting eyes of the slabs, the rear wheels of a teleporter lost contact with the ground and Mr Crawford was struck in the shoulder and back by the teleporter forks and killed.

Senior Counsel, David Hardiman, said it was a tragic accident and there was no question of contributory negligence.

Mrs Crawford had sued building materials supplier Shareridge Ltd of Castlebar, Co Mayo; BAM Rail Ltd of Kill,Co Kildare, and teleporter driver Stephen Cannon of Ballymote, Co Sligo.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of Mr Crawford and an alleged failure to provide and maintain a safe and proper system of work.

As a result, it was claimed, Mrs Crawford and her son and daughter had suffered mental distress and injury.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said while nothing could undo what happened, he hoped the settlement would be some consolation to the family.

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