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Claim for Work Injury during Team Building Day Settled at Hearing

Posted: February 7th, 2014

A chef´s claim for a work injury during a team building day has been settled as a hearing into the employee´s injury compensation claim was getting underway at the Circuit Civil Court.

Cathal Kavanagh from Ongar in Dublin made his claim for a work injury during a team building day after breaking his wrist during an activity organised by his employer – the four star Carton House Spa and Golf Hotel in Maynooth, County Kildare – at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge in October 2006.

Cathal (56) was employed by the hotel as an executive chef and, during the team building day, he and other managers from the hotel engaged in a series of activities intended to bond the team. One of activities was a relay race in which the participants had to hop forwards through the Arts Centre and then run backwards to pass the baton to the next team member.

During the race, Cathal slipped and fell and broke his wrist when he landed on the floor. After receiving medical attention and speaking with a solicitor, Cathal made a compensation claim for a work injury during the team building day against his employer, the Riverbank Arts Centre and the company that had organised the events – JikiJela Ltd of Tubbercurry, County Sligo.

Cathal claimed in his action that the three defendants had been responsible for his injury by failing to ensure that the activities were safe; however the three allegedly negligent parties denied their liability for Cathal´s broken wrist and the Injuries Board issued an Authorisation for Cathal to pursue his compensation claim for a work injury during the team building day at the Circuit Civil Court.

A hearing was scheduled and started before Ms Justice Mary Irvine. However, when re-convening after the lunch break on the first day of the hearing, Judge Irvine was informed that Cathal had settled his claim for an undisclosed amount and that the case could now be struck out.

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