A school caretaker has received GBP 3,471 in injury compensation after suffering a hernia while lifting a heavy room divider.
Alan Thomas, 43, who works at Common Road Infant School in Kirkby, was forced to take two months off after the injury caused him to need corrective surgery in November 2007.
The school admitted negligence and settled the injury compensation claim out of court, after it was asserted that he should have been given help to move the heavy divider.
"Schools should take into account how difficult it is to lift heavy equipment and put measures in place to stop injuries," commented Mr Thomas.
"I am now back at work, but I will have to be careful with my health for the rest of my life."
The payout follows news that a Bolton teacher’s family has received a GBP 580,000 payout after he was knocked down by a car and tragically killed while cycling his way home from work.