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A serious back injury sustained in an accident at work has resulted in a bank cashier being paid £18,500 in compensation for her injuries.
Mary Deller was hurt after being asked to lift bags of coins weighing around 21 lbs each during a shift at the Cheriton branch of NatWest in Kent in September 2010.
The 26-year-old was instructed to move the coins, which had been left in sacks behind the till area of the bank, despite the fact she had been given no health and safety training relating to the safe lifting of heavy objects.
Ms Deller explained that several bags of currency had been placed in this inconvenient position after numerous customers had been to the branch during their lunch break to change their money.
Her back injury problem began when she attempted to pick up two of the bags, each of which contained 500 £1 pieces, to place on a nearby trolley and she told Kent News she felt a click in the lower area of her back, which caused an "intense pain".
"At the time I thought I'd just pulled a muscle and carried on as normal," she added.
Despite the fact she continued to feel discomfort, Ms Deller decided to take painkillers and went to work for a week after the accident.
However, she went on to say that her back pain became so extreme that she was left bedridden, leading her doctor to sign her off from her job for a period of eight weeks.
Ms Deller who noted she is "really angry" that she was never provided with health and safety training by NatWest, has now been off work since October 2010 and a specialist spinal surgeon has diagnosed her with two bulging discs.
"I just don't feel like me anymore. I used to be really active and loved nights out dancing and exercising at the gym but now I'm hobbling around in constant pain," she added.
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