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Court of Appeal overturns €30,000 award to gym instructor

Overturning a €30,050 award to a gym instructor, who claimed injury after falling on an uneven floor, the Court of Appeal held that the High Court had no evidential basis for finding the woman’s employer was negligent. The gym instructor claimed that she was injured in the course of her employment as a dance instructor […]

Employee who injured finger given disciplinary warning

An employee whose breach of safety procedures resulted in an injury to his finger was issued with a final written warning, with an 18-month expiry date. The employee, through his union, submitted a claim to the Labour Court under the Industrial Relations Acts that the warning was unjustified and procedurally flawed. Having considered “extensive submissions”, […]

Tractors are the biggest cause of fatal accidents on farms

At the Teagasc Beef Event 2018, the HSA, in conjunction with Teagasc, presented a number of farm safety demonstrations focused on high risk areas. Visitors attending the demonstrations were informed that crush injuries inflicted during the operation of tractors are the most common cause of fatal accidents on farms. The HSA has expressed concern that […]

HSA carries out almost 10,000 inspections in 2017

A total of 9,943 inspections and investigations were carried out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in 2017, along with 512 improvement notices, 547 prohibition notices and 21 prosecutions. There were a total of 47 work-related fatalities, about half of which (24) were in the agriculture sector, with six deaths each in construction and […]

Company fined after exposure of employees to Asbestos fibres resulting from demolition works

Friday 27th April 2018 Today in the Cork Circuit Criminal Court Judge Sean Ó Donnabhain imposed a fine of €50,000 on Leeside Cut & Core Contractors Limited. The company, Leeside Cut & Core Contractors Ltd., pleaded guilty to 2 offences under Section 8(2)(a) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, contrary to […]

PHECC FAR now only first aid standard recognised by the HSA

Since June 1st, the PHECC FAR standard is the only first aid qualification recognised by the HSA in Ireland. The transition to the PHECC first aid response (FAR) standard has been a long and torturous process. The word most often used about the transition process is “confusion”. While the standard is now the recognised standard, […]

Employer should have used slip-resistant tiles in toilet

In a ruling on an employee’s elbow and wrist injuries in a toilet area, the High Court said the employer should have used slip-resistant or non-slip tiles and was negligent and responsible for the accident. Mr Justice Barr was delivering judgment in a case taken by a worker in a distribution centre. Summarising the worker’s […]

Five deaths already this year from vehicles in the workplace – HSA

Tackling the “unacceptable level of harm” caused by failure to manage the risks relating to vehicles in the workplace was the subject of a series of free seminars organised by the HSA around the country in May. TINA WEADICK Delegates at the well-attended events in Limerick, Waterford, Athlone and Dublin were left in no doubt […]

Circus performer drops case after cross-examination

A circus performer, who claimed he injured his wrist, when he was propelled from a circus cannon but fell short of the safety net, withdrew his claim after the judge hearing the case raised questions as the man was being cross-examined. The performer claimed the circus failed to provide equipment that was safe and free […]

Mechanical fitter failed random breath test at induction training

A mechanical fitter, who was dismissed for gross misconduct after failing a random alcohol breathalyser test, claimed that he was unfairly dismissed because he was not at work at the time, but at an induction training session. He lodged his claim with the Workplace Relations Commission’s adjudication service. His employer, a provider of turbine and […]