€215k for man injured on building site

Eamon Callaghan leaving the Four Courts yesterday.

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after he was trapped when a JCB teleporter toppled attempting to lift a heavy shuttering panel on to a building site. He has been awarded €215,000 in the High Court.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna said Eamon Callaghan had a frightening and terrifying experience as he was trapped under the shuttering panel, weighing 1.3 tonnes, while others tried to help him.

The judge said Mr Callaghan could not see anything but could hear people desperately struggling to save him. He suffered near catastrophic injuries and medics at Tallaght Hospital had fought to save his life.

The defendant in the case, the judge said, had accepted liability and had met the case very fairly.

Mr Callaghan, of Bog Rd, Oriston, Kells, Co Meath, had sued Liam Fullerton Construction Ltd of Buncrana, Co Donegal, who were his employers on the construction site at Profile Park, Grangecastle, Clondalkin, Dublin, where the incident happened on May 15, 2012.

Mr Callaghan said he was trapped underneath the shuttering panel and could hear his bones cracking as the weight of the shuttering came up on him. After other workers used an excavation machine to free him, he found it difficult to breathe.

The court heard he suffered seven broken ribs; his left lung collapsed; and his right lung partially collapsed. He now had neck problems and headaches.

Making the award, which included €60,000 for general damages to date and €90,000 for general damages into the future, Mr Justice Hanna said what had happened Mr Callaghan was frightening.


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