News

Former employee sues Maccas after being hit by falling fries

A FORMER McDonald's employee is suing the Gladstone restaurant after boxes of frozen fries fell on her during a shift.

Keren Lea Landore filed a lawsuit in the Rockhampton District Court last month after the 2010 incident left her with injuries to her lumbar spine, head, right wrist and right shoulder.

In her claim, the 58-year-old former employee says she entered the freezer to get a box of fries and found a tall tower of boxes improperly stacked.

The tower was too tall for Ms Landore to reach, so she decided to pick up the single box of fries.

But as she did, the tower of fries collapsed and struck Ms Landore, forcing her to fall out through the freezer door.

As a result of her injuries, Ms Landore claims she has lost earnings and earning capacity and continues to endure pain and suffering.

She believes McDonald's Gladstone failed to provide a safe place and system of work and is claiming a total of $327,719 worth of damages from R and S Hawkins Pty Ltd for negligence and breach of contract.

Of that, she is claiming $30,600 for pain and suffering and ongoing injuries, $23,590 for past economic loss, and $250,000 for future economic loss. The remaining amount is for interest, superannuation benefits and other expenses.

Both Ms Landore and McDonald's Gladstone licensee Ron Hawkins declined to comment.

The case follows a claim from a Rockhampton woman last week, who is suing a supermarket company for $230,000 after slipping on a cauliflower leaf in 2011.

The woman filed a lawsuit in the Rockhampton District Court last week after the incident left her with a knee injury.

In her claim, the former Woolworths customer at the time said a staff member saw the fall, and had failed to stop her from going into the area where the cauliflower leaves were.

The woman, 46, alleges she developed deep vein thrombosis, and is claiming $230,000.

She said a staff member also failed to remove the leaves.

Topics:  editors picks, gladstone business, mcdonald's, workplace health and safety




The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

Eight free events to check out in Gladstone this weekend

An aerial shot of Agnes Water main beach. Photo Contributed

You don't have to spend a fortune to have a good weekend.

Latest deals and offers

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.