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Woman who fell off stage after receiving employee award sues employer

A woman who fell from a stage and allegedly injured her back during a ceremony where she received an employee seniority award has sued her employer and the hotel that hosted the event.

Teresa Fermoyle, who worked at Jurys Inn in Christchurch, Dublin, told the High Court she was flown to Glasgow, Scotland, for the awards ceremony, which was attended by 400 people from across the Great Britain and Ireland.

But Ms Fermoyle, who had worked with Jurys Inn, Christchurch for 25 years, said that after taking the stage and accepting her longtime scroll, she fell off the back of the stage as more and more people were called to collect their rewards.

She later discovered that she had fractured a vertebra in her back. She told the court she had not worked since the accident five years ago.

His action against his employer and the owners of the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Glasgow, which hosted the awards show, includes a claim for more than €180,000 in total loss of profit.

Opening her case, Roughan Banim SC told the court there was an event with an ‘Oscars-type theme’ and that Ms Fermoyle climbed three steps to a small stage where she shook hands with the chief executive of the Juries Inn Group.

He said they did not know how many people joined Ms Fermoyle on the stage, but they did, it was crowded and Ms Fermoyle fell from the back of the stage two or three feet off the ground.

He said she passed out and water was put on her face to wake her up and she was taken to hospital.

Teresa Fermoyle (61), of Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West, Dublin, sued her employer, Jurys Inns Group with offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin, and Amaris Hospitality with offices in Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, the owners of the hotel Hilton Doubletree, Glasgow, following the crash on 22 February 2017.

To fall

She claimed that many other employees were called to the stage during the employee awards ceremony and that she would have had to step back to make more space on stage and fell.

It is claimed that there was a black curtain at the back of the stage, which meant that the fall was not visible to anyone on the stage.

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She claimed she continued to have lower back pain and was unable to return to work.

All claims are dismissed and it is alleged that there was alleged contributory negligence on the part of Ms. Fermoyle in that she failed to consider the background and failed to lend a enough attention to where she was standing or moving towards .

In evidence, Ms Fermoyle told the court her name was called and she went upstairs to get her parchment, but she said others followed and no one left the scene. She said there were “so many people” on stage. After she fell, she said someone splashed water on her face and she was in a lot of pain.

The case before Judge Paul Coffey continues next week.