Thursday 23 November 2017

Man sues after tree he was helping to cut fell on him

The High Court, Dublin
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A man suffered a severe crush injury while helping a friend cut down a tree which fell on him, the High Court heard.

Anthony Sayers (65) has sued dairy farmer Tom Hayes of Rathcole, Fethard, Tipperary, as a result of the accident on September 12, 2013, on Mr Hayes's property.

Mr Sayers was tended to by a doctor as he was trapped under the tree for 45 minutes, his senior counsel Jeremy Maher told the court.

Mr Sayers from Watergate, Fethard, Co Tipperary, was helping a friend fell the 70 foot tree when the accident occurred.

He had to be given morphine and oxygen as efforts were made to free him, counsel said.

In his action, Mr Sayers claims a mechancial excavator Mr Hayes was controlling moved the tree causing it to fall on him.

He also claims there was a failure to ensure the area where the tree was to fall was safe and Mr Sayers was permitted to be in a position of danger.

The case is before the court for assessment of damages only.

The court heard Mr Sayers suffered suffered a very serious injury to the pelvic area and had to have multiple operations in hospital afterwards.

The case continues.

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