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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




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