O'Connor v Wexford County Council [2018]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    IEHC 232
  • Legal Body
    High Court of Ireland (IEHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Health and Safety
Issues covered: Accident at Work; S13(1)(a), Safety and Health at Work Act, 2005; Personal Injury

This case involved an incident at work in which the plaintiff alleged that he slipped on a wet grassy bank and injured his back during the performance of one of his daily tasks. The defendant argued that there was no need for the plaintiff to have taken the route, which had a steep incline, as there was another route within 10-15 meters which had little or no incline. The plaintiff argued that his predecessor, some 16 years previous, had taken the route when he was being shown his tasks and for this reason this was the manner in which he did his job and therefore it was an unsafe system of work.

The Court indicated that common sense should dictate and that the plaintiff should have taken

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This article is correct at 23/05/2018

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