EIS Secures Almost £170,000 in Injury Compensation for Scottish Teachers

Created on: 22 Dec 2021 | Last modified: 10 Jan 2022


The EIS has secured almost £170,000 in compensation settlements for members injured at work over the past year.

This amount represents a significant decrease on the previous year’s figure (£700,000). The payments were awarded for a wide range of workplace injuries, including those caused by accident, assault or poor working environment.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, " Unfortunately seeking compensation for teachers and lecturers who are injured at work remains a critical area for the EIS. Whilst the sums involved do represent success for the EIS in pursuing appropriate compensation for injuries suffered at work, our clear preference would be to see these types of injuries eliminated entirely from our schools, colleges and universities.”

Mr Flanagan continued, "The most common cause of injuries remains ‘slips, trips and falls’. These types of incidents are entirely avoidable with correct adherence to appropriate health and safety procedures in the workplace. It is essential that the relevant employers take all possible precautions to ensure that all facilities are as safe as possible for staff and for students.”

Mr Flanagan added, “Sadly, assaults on teachers at work are also a recurring problem, and one that must be dealt with appropriately by the authorities – including police involvement where a teacher has been physically assaulted or placed under severe threat. Teaching professionals should have the right to expect a safe working place, and to be properly supported by their employers where issues related to their safety do arise.”

Mr Flanagan added, “Our recent national members’ survey confirms that many teaching professionals continue to feel vulnerable in their places as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees in order to protect both their physical and mental health.

"This means having robust mitigations in place – such as regular risk-assessment of schools, enhanced cleaning regimes, and adequate ventilation of classroom space – to seek to ensure a safe and secure environment for learning and teaching.”

 

Compensation for Members 2021

 

Claim

Nature of Claim

Award

     

Assault Claim

Member suffered serious injuries after being assaulted in class.

£38,777

     

Accident Claim

Member suffered a serious injury while teaching class.

£30,000

     

Accident Claim

Member opened a door which came into contact with another opened door and suffered injuries to shoulder.

£14,137

     

Assault Claim

Member was assaulted and sustained serious injuries as a result.

£8,920

     

Accident Claim

Member slipped on black ice in school carpark.  Member sustained injuries to right leg and kneecap causing ligament damage.

£8,000

     

Health Claim

Member suffered from occupational health issues. Pre-existing mild asthma worsened after being exposed to plaster and to the fumes of the drying plaster. 

£8,000

     

Accident Claim

Member sustained injury during a gym class.

£7,500

     

Accident Claim

Member suffered injury to knee after falling in dark school car park.

£7,000

     

Accident Claim

Member slipped and skidded on the concrete flooring.  Member suffered injuries to ankle.

£6,900

     

Assault Claim

Member was assaulted and sustained serious injuries to hand.

£6,000

     

Accident Claim

Member suffered injuries while undertaking pupil restraint.

£5,851

     

Accident Claim

Member slipped on a wet floor and suffered bruising to head.

£5,000

     

Accident Claim

On a wet day member slipped.  Member suffered an injury to hamstring.

£4,500

     

Accident Claim

Member caught foot in a loop of wire which was sticking out of the ground.  Member sustained injuries to ribs.

£4,000

     

Accident Claim

Member suffered injury to head after being hit by swing door.

£7,000

     

Assault Claim

Member suffered injury after being assaulted by pupil.

£2,550

     

Accident Claim

Members suffered injuries to hand during a class.

£1,800

     

Assault Claim

Member was assaulted by a pupil and sustained injuries to arm.

£1,750

     
 

TOTAL AWARDS

£167,685