Freeport worker in­jured due to ‘pre­his­toric’ work sys­tems awarded €131,000

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An em­ployee at the Freeport who in 2010 suf­fered a per­ma­nent in­jury be­cause of “pre­his­toric” sys­tems of work was awarded €131,000 in dam­ages.

Alexan­der Ciantar told the court that in De­cem­ber 2010 he was in­jured while performing twist lock ma­noeu­vres con­sist­ing in putting con­tain­ers to­gether.

He had to climb six storeys above the wharf onto the ship with­out any com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment to be in con­tact with the op­er­a­tor of a crane be­low.

The crane op­er­a­tor at one point moved the gantry and it hit Mr Ciantar.

Mr Jus­tice Sil­vio Meli ruled that each em­ployer had to pro­vide its em­ploy­ees with a safe and se­cure work en­vi­ron­ment.

In this case, it re­sulted that

A man who was held by the po­lice in pre­ven­tive cus­tody for nine months was set free yes­ter­day after an ap­peals court over­turned his con­vic­tion on charges of hav­ing punched a po­lice­man.

Florinel Nitu had been found guilty of as­sault­ing a po­lice­man who had in­ter­vened to stop a fight in St Paul’s Bay.

He was sen­tenced months im­pris­on­ment.

In spite of his ap­peal he was to nine Malta Freeport Ter­mi­nals had not pro­vided its em­ploy­ees with sys­tems of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The Freeport, said the court, could not ac­cept work prac­tices which were rem­i­nis­cent of pre­his­tory.

The court found in favour of Mr Ciantar and, after eval­u­at­ing the level of dis­abil­ity and his salary, awarded him €131,077 in dam­ages.

kept in pre­ven­tive cus­tody, but an ap­peals court yes­ter­day re­voked the con­vic­tion. The man was only found guilty of caus­ing bod­ily harm to a woman in­volved in the dis­tur­bance. He was found not guilty of as­sault­ing the of­fi­cer.

The man was sen­tenced to one month im­pris­on­ment and was re­leased be­cause of the time served in pre­ven­tive ar­rest.

Lawyer Roberto Mon­talto was de­fence coun­sel.

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