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Construction deaths increased by 140% in a year when 46 people died in workplace incidents

Construction workplace deaths have more than doubled in the last year from five to 12 in 2019 Falls from heights are the leading cause of construction worker deaths Fatalities are more common in smaller construction companies with fewer than 10 employees Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work with 18 deaths, and […]

Back injured lifting 20kg bag of onions

A supermarket worker, who injured his back when lifting a bag of onions from the top of a pallet, has settled his action against his employer after the case opened in court. The court heard that the worker, whose job was to help fill shelves with product before the supermarket opened, had wheeled out a […]

€105,000 award for cleaner who suffered serious injury

A 79-year old woman, who five years ago suffered a severe fracture to her shoulder after she fell on a wet stairs, was recently awarded €105,000 by a High Court judge. Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy heard that the woman, who was 74 when she suffered the accident, earned €25 (an hourly rate of just over […]


The widow of a postman, who was knocked off his bicycle while on his post round, has settled a High Court action over his death for €250,000. In her claims, the postman’s widow alleged that An Post failed to provide a safe system of work and failed to ensure the postman would be safe while […]

Recent High Court EL settlements

Hand sucked into combine harvester An action by a farm worker, whose hand was sucked into a combine harvester and crushed, was settled on the fourth day of hearing in the High Court recently. Giving evidence, the worker said he had been requested by his employer to unclog the harvester. He told the court his […]

Never used a crutch except when visiting doctors

A retired waiter, who claimed he injured his ankle in an accident at a restaurant in which he worked, withdrew his claim after counsel for his former employer challenged him as to why he never used a crutch or had a limp except when visiting doctors. The retired waiter claimed that he slipped on a […]

Foolhardy behaviour does not become reasonable

Dismissing a claim by a cyclist, who sued his employer and a motorist following a road traffic accident, a High Court judge said foolhardy behaviour does not become reasonable behaviour just because a number of people have engaged in it. Mr Justice David Keane, citing the Court of Appeal judgment in the Ardenheath case (see […]

Dismissed bullied employee penalised: awarded €20,000

An employee who was dismissed the day after she complained that she was being bullied has been awarded €20,000 compensation by a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer (AO). The AO heard that the employee (the complainant) was employed as an accounts manager, commencing employment on March 15th 2017. The complainant said her contract of employment […]

Average whiplash award over €20,000

As many as 70.8% of all personal injury motor cases assessed by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board in the first six months of the year were whiplash-related, with the average award topping €20,000. These figures are among those to emerge from an analysis of approximately 4,500 personal injury motor accident claims published by the Board. […]

Key figures for Great Britain (2017/18)

1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016) 144 workers killed at work 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £15 billion […]