Man sues after fall down staircase

A MAN injured falling down a set of restaurant stairs as he left a Christmas party is suing the venue’s former manager, Rockhampton council and the state.

Rodney John Phillips, of Rockhampton, fractured his ankle after he fell down the winding staircase at the former Rock Salt restaurant on Quay Street.

His lawyers argue that the staircase didn’t have hand rails on both sides and he fell as he made way for a woman who was coming up the stairs.

Mr Phillips is seeking more than $250,000 compensation.

“I was attending a Christmas party for my employment when I fell,” Mr Phillips said in a document lodged with the Supreme Court at Rockhampton.

“About 9pm I was walking down a set of spiral stairs from Rock Salt (which no longer operates at the site).

“I was on the right side of the stairs holding onto the handrail with my right hand.

“I saw that a woman was ascending the staircase, therefore I moved to the left side.

“There was no handrail on the left side of the staircase (and) there was less room to place my feet because the steps were narrower. As a consequence I did not have adequate space to stand and I missed the step.”

The claim, lodged last week, alleged all three respondents had been negligent.

Rockhampton Regional Council subleased the venue to the business owner.

The Morning Bulletin was unsuccessful in its attempts to contact the owner of the former restaurant.

A spokeswoman for the council and a spokesman for the Queensland Government both declined the opportunity to comment.

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