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National retailer fined £2.2m following worker's serious injury

12 January 2017

Leicester Crown Court fined national retail chain store Wilko £2.2m, with nearly £71,000 costs, for injuries sustained by one of its workers in 2013.

Following the incident at the Wilko Beaumont Shopping Centre store in Leicester in 2013, the 23-year-old worker was left paralysed and now uses a wheelchair.

She had been working part-time at the store while attending unversity and had been manoeuvring a roll cage containing 230kg of paint, which was deemed to be overloaded, prior to the incident.

As the worker attempted to remove it from a lift, the roll cage toppled over and trapped the worker underneath.

The company had previously pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 at an earlier hearing.

It was found that there had been no risk assessment for the lift or using roll cages and there had also been a lack of training and supervision.

A statement from Wilko said that it accepted the ruling and would not be appealing.

Reports within a number of national newspapers stated that the family of the injured worker will also be claiming compensation from the company.


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