Paintball game supervisor denies he told man to remove protective goggles
Posted on 3rd June 2021 at 22:00
Man shot himself in the eye and lost the central vision in his left eye after the incident
The supervisor of a paintball game where a man shot himself in the eye has told the High Court he did not direct people playing the game to take off their masks to clean them.
James Curley said it would be “throwing my job away” and too dangerous to tell people to take off their protective masks when playing a paintball game.
Mr Curley was 16 years of age when he supervised the paintball game where 21-year-old Daniel Nolan shot himself in the eye.
On Thursday, Mr Curley also denied a cover up allegation where it is claimed by Mr Nolan’s side the supervisor asked the injured man to say he was wearing the mask at the time of the accident and that the paintball bullet had slipped underneath.
It was the second day of the action by Mr Nolan who lost the central vision in his left eye after the incident.
He has sued the paintball operators claiming Mr Curley instructed him to remove his protective goggles to clean them because they were fogging up.
In court on Thursday, Mr Curley said they were five or 10 minutes into the game when he saw Mr Nolan lift off his mask.
“I shouted game over, game over. He had his mask in his left hand. I was shouting put your mask on. He dropped the gun and went to pick it up and shot himself in the eye,” he told Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan.
He said, afterwards, Mr Nolan was stooped over and he helped him out of the area and put the mask back on his face as he walked him in.
Mr Curley denied he had asked Mr Nolan to say he had his mask on and the bullet went under the mask.
Mr Nolan, Rafters Road, Drimnagh, Dublin has sued Special Ops Paintball Ltd, Kilcroney Lane, Bray Co Wicklow as a result of the accident on April 29th, 2018 at its Roundwood, Co Wicklow premises.
Mr Nolan says he was attending a paintball session with work colleagues in Roundwood when, it is claimed, he sustained a significant eye injury.
He has claimed the protective eyewear allegedly constantly fogged up, preventing him being able to see and there was alleged failure to take the paintball gun from him when the instructor allegedly directed him to remove his goggles and wipe them.
The claims are denied and it is contended by the paintball company that Mr Nolan signed a disclaimer undertaking to wear his protective eyewear at all times in the play area.
It is further contended Mr Nolan allegedly removed his protective eyewear in contravention of the extensive and repeated safety instructions given to him and he was the author of his own misfortune.
Counsel for Mr Nolan, Richard Kean SC told Mr Curley they were not blaming him for the accident as he was 16 years of age at the time.
Counsel put to the witness he had told Mr Nolan to take his mask off and Mr Curley replied. “I didn’t.” Mr Curley said he “was shook” after the incident and did not have a conversation with Mr Nolan about masks.
Earlier, the paintball company owner Michael O’Toole told the court the safety briefing before the paintball game lasted about 10 minutes and players were also told they cannot take off masks before they entered the play zone. He said players also test fired the guns before going out to the play zone.
“If you take your mask off and shoot yourself in the face, I can’t stop that,” he said.
The case continues on Friday.
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