Thursday 22 February 2018

Leading Irish horse trainer’s stableman crushed by tractor, court hears

Irish horse trainer John Hanlon
Irish horse trainer John Hanlon

A STABLE groomsman with horse trainer John Hanlon suffered a devastating injury when his leg was crushed by a tractor wheel, the High Court heard.

Maurice Flynn (49), who has also worked with trainers such as Jim Bolger and Willie Mullins since he was 12 years of age, yesterday settled his action over the accident when he was assisting in harnessing a harrow to a tractor.  The clutch slipped and the vehicle went over his right leg crushing the lower limb.

He sued  his former employers John Hanlon and his father William Hanlon, both of Bagenalstown in Co Carlow, along with their employee John Levins who was the tractor driver.

Liability was admitted and the case was before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns for assessment only.

Shortly after Mr Hanlon started giving evidence, the judge was asked to grant a brief adjournment and was later told the matter had been settled.

Earlier, Liam Reidy SC, for Mr Flynn, originally from Blanchardstown in Dublin and now living in Barrack Street, Goresbridge, Kilkenny, said he had suffered a devastating injury in the accident at the Hanlon farm on July 1, 2010.

He suffered a deep laceration to his right knee which had swelled up and is now three times the size of his left knee leaving him unable to work.

He started working as a stable boy at 12 years of age having told his mother he was attending school but was in fact working at Jim Bolger's stables, counsel said.

In 2007, he started working as a stable groomsman for Mr Hanlon and put in 12 to 15 hour days seven days a week.   He is now not just unable to work but is in constant pain, counsel said.

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