Saturday 26 May 2018

Carpenter who fell off scaffold settles €700k case

Tim Healy

A CARPENTER who suffered brain trauma when he fell eight feet from a mobile scaffold has settled his High Court action for €700,000.

Paul McEvoy,(35) was in a coma for three weeks after the accident on a construction site at Killeen Castle, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine was told it is unlikely that Mr McEvoy will ever be able to return to the work he did.

Approving the settlement, the judge said it was very distressing and sad and she noted that Mr McEvoy had lost a brother in an accident in the US a few years ago when he fell through a ceiling.

Mr McEvoy of Lisreagh, Co Cavan, sued main contractors G&T Crampton Ltd, with offices at Ballintaggart House, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin.

He also sued his employers Guyomar Ltd, with offices at Derrycramp, Cavan, as a result of the accident on June 28, 2007.

The defendants had denied the claims.

It was claimed that Mr McEvoy was working on a mobile scaffold when, due to the alleged negligence of the defendants, the scaffold overturned.

It was further claimed his employer failed to devise a safe system of work for Mr McEvoy.

After he fell eight feet to the ground, he lost consciousness on impact. He was taken to hospital and was in a coma for three weeks.

After the accident, he suffered from double vision and was unable to return to work.

Irish Independent

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