A woman who fell off a stage and allegedly injured her back at a ceremony where she received a long service award has sued her employer and the hotel where the event was held.
Eresa Fermoyle, who worked at the Jurys Inn in Christchurch, Dublin City, told the court she had been flown to Glasgow, Scotland, for the awards ceremony, which was attended by 400 people from across the UK and Ireland.
But Ms Fermoyle, who worked with Jurys Christchurch for 25 years, said after taking the stage and accepting her long service role, she fell off the back of the stage as more people were called to accept her awards.
She later found out she had fractured a vertebra in her back and told the court she hadn’t worked since the accident five years earlier.
Her lawsuit is against her employer and the owners of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Glasgow, which hosted the awards ceremony. This includes a claim of over 180,000 euros for loss of earnings.
Roughan Banim SC opened her case, telling the court that there was an event with an “Oscar-like theme” and Ms Fermoyle climbed three steps to a small stage where she shook hands with the CEO of Jurys Inn Group.
The solicitor said they did not know how many people came to see Mrs Fermoyle on the stage but it was their fault that it filled up and Mrs Fermoyle fell two or three feet to the ground from the back of the stage.
He said she passed out and had water dripped on her face to wake her up and was taken to the hospital.
Ms Fermoyle, 61, of Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West, Dublin, has sued Jurys Inns Group, with offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin and Amaris Hospitality, with offices in Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, the owners of the Hilton Doubletree Glasgow, as a result of the February accident 22nd, 2017.
She claimed many more staff members were called onto the stage during the staff awards ceremony and she was allegedly told to step back to make more stage space and fell off.
It is claimed that there was a black curtain behind the stage, meaning the waste behind it was not visible to anyone on stage.
She claimed she continued to have back pain and could not return to work.
All claims are disputed.
The defense contends that Ms Fermoyle alleged contributory negligence as she allegedly ignored the back of the stage. She is also said to have paid no attention to where she was standing or where she was moving.
Mrs Fermoyle told the court her name had been called and she went upstairs to get her scroll, but she said others followed her and no one left the stage. She said there were “so many people” on the stage. After she fell, she said someone splashed water on her face and she was in great pain.
The case before Mr Justice Paul Coffey will continue next week.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/woman-who-fell-off-stage-at-ceremony-where-she-received-employee-award-sues-employer-and-hotel-that-hosted-event-41858588.html Woman who fell off stage at ceremony where she received employee award is suing employer and hotel that hosted event