This article was published on November 26th, 2012
A greenkeeper is suing one of the world’s oldest golf clubs for £150,000 after he was told to cut the grass by swinging a Flymo lawnmower on a length of rope.
The man claims that he was instructed to cut grass on a steep slope by attaching a piece of rope to the handle while swinging it from side to side.
The 24-year-old said he fell down the slope and injured his leg so badly that he required treatment from a hospital and time off work.
The Aberdeenshire links course which dates as far back as 1841 and claims its the 18th oldest golf club in the world, denies that the incident was their fault and said that the worker didn’t report the incident for months.
However, papers lodged to the Court of Session in Edinburgh state that the worker will now seek a payment of £150,000 in compensation plus expenses from the club.
“The momentum and exertion of swinging the lawnmower by the rope whilst standing at an angle on the steep slope caused the pursuer to overbalance,” the groundkeeper’s solicitor explained.
“His left foot slipped on the wet grass and moss, he twisted his right knee in seeking to regain his balance and then fell forwards downhill.”
The legal team claim that the mower was being used incorrectly and also said that on numerous occasions, workers had been told to cut the grass bank in this way.
A spokeswoman for Peterhead Golf Club said they would not be commenting on the court case.
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