Quinn v. Bradbury  IEHC 106 (High Court, Charleton J, 18 April 2012)
High Court awards professional horseman €126,410 for injuries sustained in course of employment, after 30% reduction for contributory negligence.Personal injuries - professional horseman - workplace accident - fall from horse while jumping metal gate - instruction from employer to jump gate - duty of employer to take reasonable care for employee's safety - s. 8, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 - what instruction was given - whether precautions taken - inherent dangers in riding horses - expert evidence - training of horse that was "easily spooked" - previous experience of horse in same location - contributory negligence - broken left wrist - smashed right arm - end of riding career.
Quotation from judgment (courtesy of the Courts Service of Ireland):“This accident happened because of what had occurred the previous Friday. The direction to ride the horse mounted past the area where it had been seriously spooked was not appropriate. Had such a direction been given, there should have been someone on the ground, or ... another mounted rider.”
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