A construction worker has been awarded €49,757 by the High Court in compensation for the digger accident which left him with burns to 14 per cent of his body.
Pawel Ciawlowski (32) from Navan in County Meath suffered the injuries when the radiator of a digger exploded showering him with hot water and scalding steam. The digger had previously been reported as overheating. The victim spent several days in hospital and he required treatment for severe burns for months after the August 2012 accident.
During this time the claimant was unable to work, take a planned holiday to Spain or attend the gym. Mr. Ciawlowski made a compensation claim against his employers Emdan Developments Ltd of Bective Street Kells on the grounds that they were negligent and knowingly exposed him to the risk of injury by failing to repair the malfunctioning digger.
Emdan Developments Ltd is in liquidation and did not contest the claim.