Tuesday 12 December 2017

Electrician developed electrical phobia after shock

Louise Hogan

AN electrician who developed a phobia about electrical devices after allegedly receiving a shock while servicing a hospital treadmill has settled his legal proceedings against his employer.

John Martin Brooks (49) of Kilnamanagh Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, took the proceedings against Medivent Limited and PJ Brennan & Co Ltd, of Stillorgan Industrial Estate, Co Dublin, who allegedly supplied the machine.

All the claims were denied.

After negotiations between the sides, Aedan McGovern, for the electrician, told Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill yesterday in the High Court that the case had been resolved and could be struck out. The only order to be made was for the third parties to the proceedings to pay Mr Brooks's costs.

The third parties were RAM SRL, with offices in Padova, Italy, who it was claimed were the manufacturers of the treadmill. Esaote SPA, with headquarters at Genova, Italy, allegedly sold it.

It was alleged by Mr Brooks that the treadmill was dangerous and defective and caused him to sustain an electrical shock. He also claimed that his employer was negligent and in breach of duty for allegedly failing to comply with the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.


Mr McGovern said Mr Brooks was employed by Medivent as a service engineer and on June 15, 2005, he was servicing a treadmill at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick when he sustained a severe shock.

The treadmill was attached to a cardiac-monitoring machine.

In a statement of claim, it was stated that while working on the machine Mr Brooks received a severe electric burning of the middle and ring fingers of his left hand.

Mr McGovern added that Mr Brooks now had post-traumatic stress disorder and it was difficult to see him returning to his career because he has a phobia about electrical devices.

Court documents say Mr Brooks returned to work but by July 2006 was no longer able to cope due to the severity of depression. He stopped working in July 2006 and has been on disability benefit from that time.

Irish Independent

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