Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Cairngorm ski fall leads to £500,000 court claim

Cairngorm skiers
Cairngorm skiers

A skier is suing the operator of the Cairngorm ski centre for £500,000 damages after an accident four years ago.

Self employed electrician Christopher Hutton was skiing downhill on the M2 blue run in March, 2010 when he fell and broke his left hip.

After an operation and two weeks in hospital, Mr Hutton, 51, claims he was left with one leg about 1inch shorter than the other.

In a civil action papers lodged at Inverness Sheriff Court, he states he requires regular shoe adjustments and still suffers pain and restriction of movement and walks with a limp.

His lawsuit also includes compensation for past and future loss of earnings.

Mr Hutton claims that proper grooming of the snow was not carried out, and no hazard signs had been erected to warn of excavated frozen snow left on the run that allegedly created icy lumps called “death cookies” which he claims caused his accident.

The company deny negligence and allege there is no record of any hazard on the run that day, that there were no other incidents and no complaints from other skiers.

Advocate Craig Murray, for Mr Hutton, asked Sheriff David Sutherland to order the company, recently taken over by Natural Retreats, to hand over information which so far they had been resisting.

He wanted to know what risk assessments were carried out on the slopes as well as the identities of certain staff who were working that day, including the snow patrol staff whose duty it is to check the runs for safety issues, and the name of the operator of the snow grooming machine, and which of the four machines operational that day was being used.

Mr Murray is also seeking information on company training of the snow grooming machine operator and to establish whether or not snow patrols were diverted at the time of the accident to digging out the funicular railway.

He revealed that Freedom of Information legislation had to be used previously by Mr Hutton’s lawyers to obtain data to prepare the case when the company refused to co-operate.

He said: “Usually there is co-operation between both parties, but there has not been full co-operation in this case. The documents will allow my client to make his case more specific. Some of the information is central to both parties’ case to establish what hazards were identified on the day and what remedial action was taken.”

Sheriff Sutherland ordered the company to produce the required information by July 16.

A proof has been set for September 8 and 9 and 22 and 23.

The company, through solicitor Jordan McCarter, argued that much of the information sought is not relevant or had already been disclosed.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]