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Steward wins £5,500 compensation following pitch invasion

Posted in: Public Liability Workplace Injuries 

A safety steward has been awarded £5,500 in compensation after seriously damaging his Achilles tendon during a pitch invasion at the Millennium Stadium. 48-year-old Mark Day suffered the injury while tackling a pitch invader at an international rugby match in Cardiff in 2013. Mr Day took the Welsh Rugby Union to court, claiming that the injury has stopped him from enjoying his “social life” and competing with his local running club.

The WRU rejected liability for the injury, claiming that it was only soft tissue damage and that Mr Day had not taken any time off work because of the injury. Mr Day responded by saying that the he suffered increasing pain and swelling in his calf, but could not afford to take time off work.

“I’m just glad it’s all over”

District Judge Bethan Japheth at Pontypridd County Court said that Mr Day’s injury had greatly affected his life. Being a competitive runner, regularly participating in half-marathons and marathons, the injury affected not only his general health but also his social life within his running club the Caerphilly Runners. He has not been able to run competitively since the injury.

Mr Day was awarded £5,500 in compensation, as well as interest and costs. Following the hearing, Mr Day stated: “I’m just glad it’s all over because it has been going on for 18 months.

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