Sunday 19 November 2017

Dunnes worker who cut thumb on glass awarded €6,050

By Ray Managh

A 38-YEAR-OLD Dunnes Stores sales assistant who lacerated her right thumb with discarded glass while removing rubbish bags has been awarded €6,050.

Boguslawa Dzienia told the Circuit Civil Court today that on the 31st October 2010 she had been working in the drapery stock room at Dunnes Stores Westside, Galway, when the accident happened.

She told her barrister John Nolan that she had been holding a plastic bag open while a colleague was putting a rubbish bag in it.

Ms Dzienia, of The Guard House, Mainguard Street, Galway, said that while doing so, a shard of glass from the rubbish bag lacerated the back of her thumb which began to bleed.

The court heard that she was driven to Galway University Hospital where an X-ray revealed no glass was in the wound, which was cleaned and repaired with glue.

Ms Dzienia told Judge Matthew Deery that she had to wear a support bandage for a few months and experienced difficulties while writing and handling objects. She sued her employer for damages.

Dunnes stores, which denied negligence, said a medical report stated Ms Dzienia suffered a simple quarter of an inch laceration which required minimal care. 

Judge Deery, hearing the wound had healed and left a small scar only visible on very close inspection, awarded Ms Dzienia €6,050 damages.

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