Thursday, 15 December, 2011
The family of a man who suffered a fatal work accident has had the settlement of their compensation claim reduced due to the man´s contributory negligence.
Ronan Conway (27) of Kilcullen, County Wicklow, sustained his fatal injuries while working for OB Sales and Hire Limited – also of Kilcullen, County Wicklow – in November 2008. Leaving the cab of his digger to investigate something in the ground in front of him, Ronan omitted to lock the safety lever and was crushed between his digger and another vehicle working in the yard.
Ronan´s fiancée, Anne Marie Morgan (30), brought a claim for fatal work accident against his former employers, alleging that the yard in which Ronan was working was inadequately lit, but the company denied the claim and said that it was Ronan´s own negligence which had caused the accident.
In the Dublin High Court, Mr Justice John Quirke heard that the two parties had now come to an agreement over a settlement of fatal work accident compensation that took into account Ronan´s contributory negligence. The total amount once adjusted came to 550,000 Euros – a figure which Mr Justice John Quirke approved, extending his condolences to Ms Morgan and Ronan´s family.
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