Broken chair costs company big $$$$
The Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (THTI) has been ordered to pay over $89,000 to a former employee after she fell while sitting on a defective office chair.
The judgement was handed down, today, by High Court Judge, Justice Donaldson-Honeywell.
Petlyn Edwards claimed THTI CEO Lyra Smith was informed about the defective chairs in the Maintenance Department during a meeting on March 28, 2014, and she instructed a supervisor to remove the furniture.
However, the instruction was not followed, resulting in the accident that left Edwards nursing injuries to her lower back and legs.
Since the incident, the 57-year-old claimed she has been unable to work due to pain from the injuries.
The THTI countered that Smith instructed Edwards to remove the chair before the fall.
The institute added that removing the defective chairs was part of her job description as a Utility Assistant.
But the evidence provided by the defendant proved that Edwards was only responsible for reporting broken furniture.
Donaldson-Honeywell ruled THTI had a responsibility to provide safe tools for employees to utilize.
THTI must also pay Edwards’ legal cost.
Edwards was represented by attorneys Kelvin Ramkissoon, Sonya Gyan and Nizam Saladeen.
Kimba Anderson and Lesly Gray appeared on behalf of the THTI.