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Drop in compensation claims within teaching profession

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Scotland’s largest teaching union has recognised a decline in workplace compensation claims made by those in the teaching profession in 2013. With numerous accidents occurring in the teaching profession every year, the Educational Institute of Scotland saw £300,000 worth of compensation claims made in 2013, compared with £1.5 million in 2012. This has highlighted that health and safety standards are improving across Scotland’s schools. The general secretary of the Institute of Scotland said:

This is actually a positive development, as it highlights that there have been fewer very serious injuries to teachers and lecturers at work over the past year”.

In response to this statement by the EIS, a spokesman from a leading law firm still urges people to speak up if they are aware of a potential risk in the work place. He continued by saying that accidents can be caused by many factors — including poor training, obstructions or a lack of signage — that should be addressed if a potential threat is recognised.

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Most of the accidents that occurred in 2013 were slips, trips and falls, although there were many other types of work incident. One included a teacher who suffered an electric shock to the back of the hand (£15,000 compensation). Another teacher who was punched in the face (£4,400 compensation). And a teacher who was diagnosed with a detached retina after a pupil threw a sign (£6,865 compensation).

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