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Toe Injury at Work Claims: Man awarded €16k

A postal worker, who damaged the big toe on his right foot when a delivery of floorboards fell onto it, has won his claim for injuries at work 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 in need of several 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 provided 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 previously. As a result the shoes he was wearing on the day of the accident offered insufficient protection against such an accident happening.

An Post refused to deny liability for Edward’s claim, but Mr Matthew Deery heard evidence that many of Edward’s colleagues at the Balbriggan Post Office also failed 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 injuries at work, Mr Justice Matthew Deery said 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.