A former Ryanair baggage handler has been awarded £37,000 compensation for a work back injury. Damian Warcaba was injured in an accident at on July 17th, 2007, while moving aircraft stairs unassisted. Mr Warcaba was taken to to hospital and was out of work for two months.
The normal operating protocol requires two people to manoeuvre aircraft stairs manually for about three metres to rest against an aircraft. Ryanair argued the case, saying that it had given standard training to employees and regretted that the standard operating procedures where not adhered to in practice. Ryanair made the point that Mr Warcarba had not adhered to the standard operating procedures and was therefore solely responsible for his work back injury.
Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled that Ryanair did not supply adequate workers to ensure the correct operating procedures were followed.