Tourist gets €67,000 for stairs fall in museum.

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Tourist gets €67,000 for stairs fall in museum. An Australian tourist who injured his leg when he slipped and rolled down stone stairs at the National Museum of Ireland has been awarded almost €67,000 by a High Court judge. The tourist ruptured a leg tendon in the accident. Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon said the Dublin museum’s Portland stone steps had been shiny and slippery and he had suffered significant trauma, inconvenience and expense. The accident was caused by negligence in failing to provide a railing for a person to hold onto the entire way down the seven-step staircase, the judge said. The judge accepted the contention that because the railing stopped before the end of the staircase there was a tendency for people to move towards the centre portion. The steps date to 1890, when the Kildare Street building was built. The wrought-iron bannister topped by a wooden rail terminates at the third-last step where it joins a stone balustrade. Ms Justice O’Hanlon found that had there been an adequate and safe handrail on the steps in question, the claimant would not have suffered the injury. The museum failed in its duty to take reasonable care to ensure his safety, she said, awarding the tourist €66,989. The historical institution contended the stairs were free from defects and there was one handrail. It also pointed out more than 470,000 people visited the museum in 2016, the year of the accident, and this one tourist was the only person who fell on the stairs.