Family of Fatal Forklift Accident Victim Receives €350,000

The family of a Lithuanian man has been awarded €350,000 in
compensation for his death, which happened when he was crushed to death while
working in a lighting store in Co Waterford. Rimydas Valteras of New Ross, Co
Wexford was killed while standing on a forklift being operated by a colleague
at Harte Designs of Adamstown, Co Wexford. The forklift crashed while Valteras
was standing on it, resulting in fatal crush injuries.

The forklift driver Emmet Delaney and the pair’s employer,
Harte Designs, both accepted liability for Valteras/ death. Mr Justice John
Quirke awarded the family €325,000 to compensate them for the earnings missed
out on due to the death, and an additional €24,600 to represent their pain and suffering.