A 17-year-old student who suffered a laceration to a finger when he was cut by a saw in his school woodwork class has settled his High Court action against the school for €42,500

It was claimed that Robin, while at woodwork class, was cutting a piece of wood on a band saw when a fellow classmate allegedly pushed the piece of wood he was cutting which caused Robin’s right index finger to come in contact with the saw blade.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to take any reasonable steps or precautions for the safety of the schoolboy and it was further claimed there was an alleged failure to readjust the blade guide and by association the guard for each piece of timber being cut.

This should have also formed, it was claimed, part of the schoolboy’s learning on how to use the saw safely.

Robin sustained a laceration injury and was referred to hospital where he had to have surgery. He has been left with scarring on the finger.

He was off school for a number of weeks and also required hand therapy .

The claims were denied.

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Source: Irish Examiner