Ryanair cabin attendant fined €84,790 after being injured when she slipped on greasy deicer


A Ryanair cabin attendant has been awarded €84,790 by the Supreme Court after she was injured when she slipped on greasy deicer being dragged onto a plane by passengers.

Iona Nangle, 40, of Latt Hills, Cavan, is suing the airline over the accident when she fell on the vinyl floor in the front of the cabin shortly after takeoff of a Dublin to Warsaw flight on February 11, 2018.

As a result of the fall, the court heard, she suffered a spiral fracture in her upper right arm, required surgery, was unable to work for several months, and required assistance with everyday chores such as looking after her children.

Ryanair dismissed her claims, arguing she did not slip on the deicing fluid but stumbled.

Mr Judge Alexander Owens dismissed Ryanair’s arguments.

He contradicted his claim that as cabin attendant she should have known. about the dangers emanating from de-icing agents.

He also contradicted the airline’s claim that it was in some way the author of its own misfortune by failing to keep an eye on the danger.

Patricia Dillon SC, with Rory O’Reilly BL, instructed by Ronan Doherty’s attorney, told the court Ms Nangle was in the jump seat at the start.

After the flight crew signaled to the cabin crew to vacate their seats while the plane was still climbing, Ms. Nangle went to the galley to complete paperwork.

Ms Nangle told the court there was a mat that passengers walked on and when she got off the mat she slipped. She said she tried to hold on to the wall but she fell to the floor and was in a lot of pain.

Mr Justice Owens said the plane, a Boeing 737, had its wings and tail de-iced on its return from a previous Dublin-Birmingham voyage and before its departure for Warsaw.

It was proven that the de-icing fluid was towed onto the plane before the first flight and again before the trip to Warsaw, he said.

Assuming both flights that morning were full or nearly full, the judge estimated that about 450 passengers passed near where Ms Nangle had crashed that morning.

He said airlines recognize that the presence of deicing fluid spilled on cabin floor surfaces with shoes is a recognized tripping hazard.

Ryanair itself documented three reported cases of slips resulting in cabin crew injuries in the two months prior to this accident, he said.

The day after Ms Nangle’s accident, the airline issued an email at the start of each shift advising staff to remain vigilant at all times during de-icing hours, he said.

If such a warning had been issued earlier, it would have been enough to fulfill the duty to ensure their safety as much as possible, the judge said. Ryanair cabin attendant fined €84,790 after being injured when she slipped on greasy deicer

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