29 January 2009
Employees receive compensation after suffering back injuries at work
Two men who suffered damage to their backs as a result of workplace tasks have been successful in their legal bid to secure payouts.
Nigel Williamson and Robert Cole were employed by Boots - which runs around 2,600 stores across Britain - as depot workers.
The staff members, who are aged 52 and 56 respectively, say that they sustained injuries to their backs and shoulders.
Their claims centred on allegations that they were supplied with inadequate equipment and there was a lack of risk assessments.
Both men were moved to a dispatch department, where they were responsible for fixing metal cages and wooden pallets.
While at the department, they were given no lifting equipment or training.
In a recent development, Boots awarded them compensation totalling £8,300.
Commenting on the case, Mr Cole said: "I was at my wit's end with [the firm] and I felt the only option I had was to pursue compensation."