Plaintiff claimed damages for personal injuries allegedly suffered while employed as a butcher / slaughter hall operative in the Defendant’s factory.
Plaintiff complained about back pain in June 2005 and was moved to a different section of the production line.
In 2007 the Plaintiff again complained of injuries to his back and was diagnosed with disc prolapse and sciatica.
Question which arose for consideration was whether the system of work was unsafe.
The system of work changed after 2007 and the system of work now in place does not involve a twisting and turning manoeuvre.
The Plaintiff claimed that the system changed because of his accident and the Defendant claimed the change was made for operational reasons.
Held, the Defendant failed to properly train the Plaintiff as to correct posture to avoid back strain, award of loss of earnings to date €65,000, €100,000 for future loss of earnings, €175,000 for general damages to date, €75,000 for future damages. Total Award: €415,000.