Client awarded €15,000 plus costs
Our client was employed as a general operative, but effectively, never received a contract, nor did she ever receive any training. She worked on a machine and whilst working on that machine, a sensor broke. This had happened before and she went around to fix it. There were bottles falling off the machinery so she had had to move quickly. There was a worker on the other side of the bottle belt, but he had been new to the job. Our client believed it may have been his first day. He could not have been expected to know how to fix this. Our client, on the other hand, was never trained, but had learned by default how to fix this particular sensor. There are normally two pallets alongside the belt on her side. These are for putting bottles on. They have cardboard on top of them. For some reason, on this particular day, there was a third pallet, which effectively blocked her route completely. She had to stand on the third one to run around to the other side of the belt, and whilst doing so, her foot slipped and she suffered muscle damage to her leg. Her supervisors came and made some comment to the effect that somebody had kicked her and tried to play it down. Our client ended up being out of work for two weeks.
The accident occurred in August 2014 and the settlement of €15,00 plus costs was received in March 2015.