Toe Work Injury Postal Worker Awarded 16,000
A postal worker, who damaged the big toe on his right foot when a package of floorboards fell onto it, has won his claim for toe work injury at the Circuit Court in Dublin.
Edward Pyne (61) of Balbriggan, County Dublin, brought his claim against An Post after the accident in November 2006 left him needing many operations for an ingrown toenail which had resulted from the injury. He also claimed that he had suffered from several infections which had developed in the damaged toe.
Circuit Court president, Mr Justice Matthew Deery heard how An Post should have supplied steel toe-capped boots as part of a postal worker´s uniform, but Edward had long worn out the pair that had been most recently given to him three years beforehand. Consequently the shoes he was wearing on the day of the accident offered insufficient protection against such an accident occurring.
An Post denied liability for Edward´s claim, but Mr Matthew Deery heard evidence that many of Edward´s colleagues at the Balbriggan Post Office also neglected to wear the obligatory steel toe-capped footwear, and had An Post provided better supervision of their staff, the accident could have been avoided.
Upholding Edward´s claim for toe work injury, Mr Justice Matthew Deery stated that he was satisfied that An Post had failed to provide adequate protective footwear for their staff, and awarded Edward 16,000 Euros in personal injury compensation.