Head Bang Led to Chronic Headaches

10 Nov 2009

The warehouse worker was building a roll cage, a type of large trolley with shelves used for moving stock, when the top shelf fell and hit her head. She was diagnosed with post concussion syndrome, which left her with chronic headaches and fatigue. Kay was able to return to work four weeks after the injury, but later found her condition was so bad that she couldn’t work and she was dismissed on the grounds of ill-health. Solicitors brought in by GMB to act for Kay found there had been previous complaints about the roll cage and similar incidents had happened to two of Kay’s colleagues. Wilkinsons admitted liability and agreed a ‘significant’ settlement out of court. GMB regional secretary Tim Roache said: ‘Wilkinson’s failure to take heed of previous accidents with these roll cages was unacceptable and Kay has paid the price for that failure. Thankfully the GMB has been able to get some compensation for our member’s pain and distress, but with a bit of basic health and safety this accident could have been avoided.’