Election worker settles action for damages against Labour Party over postering fall

High Court told the safest way for election staff to put up posters is with cherrypickers

Tom Stanton  had begun legal proceedings over an injury he suffered while doing postering work for Labour candidate Cllr Paula Desmond (above) at Deanrock, in Togher, on February 17th, 2011.

Tom Stanton had begun legal proceedings over an injury he suffered while doing postering work for Labour candidate Cllr Paula Desmond (above) at Deanrock, in Togher, on February 17th, 2011.

 

A father of three has settled a High Court action for damages against the Labour Party over injuries he suffered in a fall while putting up posters for one of the party’s candidates in the 2011 general election.

Tom Stanton, from Friary Mews, Friar’s Walk, in Cork, had begun legal proceedings over an injury he suffered while doing postering work for Labour candidate Cllr Paula Desmond at Deanrock, in Togher, on February 17th, 2011.

Mr Stanton told Mr Justice John Hedigan, at the High Court sitting in Cork on Wednesday, that he had suffered four broken ribs and a punctured lung and that he spent a week in hospital after falling from a wall while putting up election posters.

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Mr Justice Hedigan was informed that the matter could be struck out and he duly struck out Mr Stanton’s action against the Labour Party, which had denied liability.

During evidence, Mr Stanton’s engineer, Pádraig Murphy, had told how he examined the scene of the accident and concluded that the only safe way to erect election posters to the necessary height on utility poles was to use a cherry-picker akin to those used by the ESB.