26 November 2012
Greenkeeper sues golf club for £150k
Compensation of £150,000 is being sought by a golf course greenkeeper who sustained a serious leg injury during an accident at work.
According to Deadline News, Derek Bond is taking legal action against the Peterhead Golf Club on the basis that he claims to have been severely hurt after being instructed to cut the grass on a steep slope using a mower attached to a rope in August 2009.
The 24-year-old subsequently fell down the mossy slope - which is located next to the tenth hole - and his writ alleges that this resulted in him suffering a severe leg injury that required him to undergo surgery and take time off work.
Mr Bond's legal documentation, which has been served at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, claims that bosses at the historic course - which first opened in 1841 - told him to swing the 23kg Flymo from side to side from a rope attached to its handle.
The papers allege that the rope was too short to allow Mr Bond to cut all of the grass from the safety of the top of the verge, meaning he had to descend a distance of around a third down the slope in order to mow the bottom.
"The momentum and exertion of swinging the lawnmower by the rope whilst standing at an angle on the steep slope caused the pursuer to overbalance," it added.
Consequently, the professional slipped on the wet surface and twisted his right knee as he attempted to regain his balance.
Even though he carried on working while in "significant pain" for several months after the incident, Mr Bond - who now works as a self-employed landscape gardener - needed surgery to repair the damage in October 2010.
However, Peterhead Golf Club denies liability for the incident and counters Mr Bond's case with the allegation that he failed to report it for months after it took place.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas