Retailer Admits Liability in Roll Cage Accident

December 17th, 2016 | By injuryclaims

A large UK retailer has admitted liability for an employee’s spine injury.

The accident occurred in August 2013 when Corisande Collins, a twenty-three-year-old first-year student at Northampton University, was working at the Beaumont Leys branch of Wilko. However, as she was working, a roll cage fell on top of her as it was being taken out of a lift. The roll cage was overloaded with paint pots at the time.

The accident left Corsande – who was working part-time to fund her studies – with a severe spinal injury. She is now paralysed from the waist down and is reliant on a wheelchair for locomotion.

Wilko Retail Ltd was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and was subsequently charged with four breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. At the hearing, held at the Leicester Crown Court, company representatives admitted their liability in the accident and plead guilty to the charges.

Judge Ebraham Moocey, who oversaw proceedings, was shown X-rays of Corisande’s spine after the accident. He was also told of the effect the injury has on Corisande, who before the accident lead an “active, outgoing life”. She had just passed her driving test and was four months into her course. However, she was able to return to her studies eighteen months after the accident.

The judge adjourned the case until next January, when the final settlement of compensation will be determined. Corisande has been paid one interim settlement of compensation and commented after the hearing that “I never imagined something like this happening to me. Wilko are taking full responsibility for what happened, but this will never make up for the fact I’ve lost the use of my legs and will spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Although my injuries are permanent, they will not stop me from achieving all I want to in life. I wouldn’t be in the position I am without the support of my friends and family.”

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