November 29, 2011
A former Ryanair baggage handler has been awarded £37,000 compensation damages for a back injury at work. Damian Warcaba was injured in an incident that occurred at on July 17th, 2007, while moving aircraft stairs unassisted. Mr Warcaba was brought to to a nearby hospital and was out of work for two months.
The normal operating procedure requires two people to manoeuvre aircraft stairs manually for almost three metres to rest against an aircraft. Ryanair contested the legal action, saying that it had given standard training to employees and regretted that the standard operating procedures where not adhered to in practice. Ryanair pointed out that Mr Warcarba had not adhered to the standard operating procedures and was therefore solely to blame for his work back injury.
Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled that Ryanair did not provide adequate workers to make sure the correct operating procedures were followed.