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Widow of steel worker killed while working on a new gym awarded €500,000

Dolores Byrne, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo sued several parties as a result of the death of her husband, Declan, in 2008.

Mr. Byrne was attempting to realign a steel girder, which formed part of the roof sub-frame, when the girder fell and struck him on the head, killing him instantly.

Mrs. Byrne claimed mental stress and loss as a result of her husband’s death.  She alleged that the Defendants failed to provide her husband with a safe place of work, exposed him to injury and failed to supply adequate equipment in order to carry out his work safely.

Mr. Justice Kevin Cross expressed his sympathy to Mrs Byrne, her two children and extended family for their ‘tragic and irreplaceable loss’.  Judge Cross also approved settlement of €500,000 plus costs against CDM Steel Ltd. (her husband’s employer) and the Connacht branch of the IRFU and the IRFU, as owners of the development site.

Author:  Conor Connelly

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