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