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Baggage Handler Wins Work Back Injury Compensation Award

Posted on: November 24th, 2011

A former Ryanair baggage handler has been awarded €45,000 in damages for a work back injury.  Damian Warcaba was injured in an incident at Dublin Airport on July 17th, 2007, while moving aircraft stairs unassisted.  Mr Warcaba was taken to to Beaumont Hospital and was out of work for two months.

The normal operating procedure requires two people to manoeuvre aircraft stairs manually for about three metres to rest against an aircraft. Ryanair argued the case, saying that it provided 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 breached the standard operating procedures and was therefore solely responsible for his work back injury.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled in the High Court that Ryanair did not provide adequate workers to ensure the correct operating procedures were followed.