Fatal Injury Award October 2016

A widow whose husband died during construction works on the Dublin Luas line extension has settled her High Court action for €685,000.

Mr Crawford, from Forge Meadow, Ballon, Co Carlow, was assisting in moving concrete slabs from a trailer parked on the roadway adjacent to the site compound near the Luas project. It was outlined to the Court as Mr. Crawford, was attaching the lifting chains to the lifting eyes of the slabs, the rear wheels of a teleporter lost contact with the ground and he wasEilis Crawford (43) had sued over the death of her husband George, a father of two, in what the court heard was a tragic accident near the Luas Extension Project at Citywest Avenue, Dublin, on May 15, 2009.

It was outlined to the Court that this was a tragic accident and there was no question of contributory negligence.

Mrs Crawford had sued, thebuilding materials supplier Shareridge Ltd, of Castlebar, Co Mayo; BAM Rail Ltd, of Kill,Co Kildare; and teleporter driver Stephen Cannon.

It was alleged that there was a failure to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work for Mr Crawford and it was noted that the legislation was onerous and that there were several breaches.

The court also heard it was alleged that there was a failure to provide and maintain a safe and proper system of work.

As a result, it was claimed, Mrs. Crawford and her son and daughter had suffered mental distress and injury and nervous shock.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said while nothing could undo what happened, he hoped the settlement would be some consolation to the family.

Extracts from the Irish Independent