Accidents at Work*
“Most of the suggestions put in cross-examination to the plaintiff as to what he should have done were farfetched and wholly unreal as I have already indicated.”
It is a source of additional worry (above the prospect of unemployment) to employees who have been injured at work, to find that their employer is insolvent.
If you are injured at work, it is extremely likely that your employer is responsible for the accident. It is one of the duties of your employer that he/she provide you with a safe place of work.
There is need for a new charity to be established in Ireland. It will seek out people suffering personal injury. It will advise that the injured person (âthe victimâ?) should immediately consult a solicitor to determine whether there is a cause of action arising from the incident in which the victim was injured.
The Minister did make specific provision by regulation for the duties of employers to avoid injury to employees in the lifting of weights and loads.
While the Plaintiff was employed by the Defendant as a labourer, he lifted a bundle of timber onto his shoulder and suffered severe pain in his lower back. He was taken, in pain, to hospital where he remained for two weeks. He was diagnosed as having a slipped disc and eventually he had an operation which improved matters. He reached a condition in which he was compelled to discontinue working for the Defendant. He was unable to sit in a […]
The Plaintiff, aged 42, was a felt roofer working for the Defendant. He was burned near the elbow when some hot bitumen spilled on his arm. He was taken to hospital in severe pain. He was treated but eventually had to re-attend and was admitted for five weeks. The arm took a long time to heal.
The Plaintiff was a 57 year old labourer. He was engaged in his employment for the Defendant when he plunged his foot into sulphuric acid. The acid was in a pit. All of the bottom third of his leg went into the acid. He required skin grafts. The site of the graft was left with a scar. It got numb in cold weather and the leg got tired after a day’s work.