A chef at Kildare’s Carton House Spa and Golf Hotel settled his claim for an injury that occurred at a team-building activity organised by his workplace whilst the hearing to resolve the case was in progress.
The injury occurred in October 2006 when Cathal Kavanagh (54) participated in various team-building activities organised by his employer and held at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Co. Kildare. The activities were intended to bring employees together as a team, and were organised through JikiJela Ltd. of Co. Sligo. Whilst participating in a relay race, in which team members were required to hop forwards and then run backwards to pass a baton to the next team member, Mr. Kavanagh fell to the floor and broke his wrist.
After receiving medical care, Mr. Kavanagh consulted a solicitor who informed him that there would be cause to seek compensation for the team-building activity injury. Following this advice, Mr. Kavanagh made a claim against Kildare County Council, who own the Riverbank Arts Centre, the organiser of the activities, JikiJela Ltd, and his employer, saying that the three defendants had neglected to ensure that each event organised was safe.
Each party denied any responsibility for the injury sustained by Mr. Kavanagh, and the case proceeded to the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin. On the day the scheduled hearing, Mrs. Justice Mary Irvine was told that the compensation claim had been resolved and the case was struck out.