Former Factory Receives Compensation for Back Injury

A former employee at the Moyvalley meat factory has received compensation for a back injury he sustained due to being inadequately trained on the job.

In January 2011, Mohammed Ali Saleh of Mullingar, County Westmeath, was an employee at the Moyvalley meat factory in County Kildare. While he was working at the plant, he endured back pain while he was working at the chicken pluck station. Mohammed sought medical attention, and it was revealed that he was suffering from a prolapsed disc.

Mohammed had suffered from previous back problems, but none matched this severity of pain. An MRI scan was taken of the region, and it was revealed that he required an urgent decompression. Despite these measures, and two further operations, he was diagnosed with failed back syndrome and now requires crutches to support himself.

Mohammed sought legal counsel and claimed compensation for an injury caused by inadequate training against his employers, Moyvalley Meats Ireland Limited. He claimed that he had never been taught who to perform the plucking process without having to constantly twist his body around. It was this twisting manoeuvre which was attributed to causing his back pain.

The defendants contested their former employee’s claim. They claimed that the training had been adequate and that his back pain was a result of an existing injury. Due to this disagreement over liability, the case was taken to be heard in front of Mr Justice Kevin Cross at the High Court.

An expert witness testimony claimed that the training provided for Moyvalley employees consisted of having them watch a fellow employee work on the pluck station. The expert said that no safe system of work had been implemented as to avoid the twisting manoeuvre, and that the trading was entirely inadequate.

As a result of this testimony, the judge found in Mohammed’s favour. He stated that Moyvalley meats violated their statutory duty of care in failing to train him. The judge awarded Mohammed €415,000 in compensation to account for his loss of income and for his pain.

Former Employee Receives Compensation for Back Injury Caused by Improper Training

A former employee of the Moyvalley meat factory has received compensation for a back injury he sustained as a result of not receiving proper training for his job.

In January 2011, Mohammed Ali Saleh of Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, was employed by the Moyvalley meat factory, situated in Kildare. Mohammed experienced extreme back pain while he was working at the factory’s pluck station, and sought medical attention. Medical staff discovered that he suffered from a prolapse disk. Mohammed-who had a history of back problems-underwent an MRI scan of the region. This revealed that Mohammed required immediate and urgent decompression.

Two operations were performed on the factory worker’s back, but in spite of these actions, he was diagnosed with failed back syndrome. He is now dependant on crutches as a means of supporting himself. Mohammed sought legal advice, and made a claim for compensation for an injury caused by inadequate training.

In his action, he claimed that Moyvalley Meats Ireland Limited had never shown him how to perform the plucking process without having to engage in the twisting manoeuvre, which was identified as the reason for the prolapsed disc.

The defendants denied liability for Mohammed’s injury. They claimed that he had been given on-the-job training, and that his back injury was the result of a pre-existing condition. There was no agreement made to the claim for compensation, and the case was brought to the High Court.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross heard the case at court. An expert witness testified that Mohammed’s training consisted of having him watch a fellow employee work on the pluck station, and Mohammed did not partake in the action. He further stated that no safe system of work had been implemented that could avoid the twisting manoeuvre. He concluded that the training Mohammed had received was inadequate for him to safely perform the job.

The case was found to be in Mohammed’s favour. The judge stated that his employers had been in breach of statutory duty in failing to train him in what should have been the correct posture to avoid unnecessary back strain. The judge awarded Mohammed €415,000 in compensation for an injury caused by inadequate training to account for his pain and suffering, and any loss of income.