Injury compensation news
Teachers paid compensation for accident claims
Scotland's largest teaching union has revealed that £171,954 has been paid to teachers after a number of accident claims were made for serious workplace injuries.
The Educational Institute of Scotland said that the total expenditure spent on teacher's injury compensation claims, including legal fees, for 2005/20006 was £250,000.
EIS General Secretary, Ronnie Smith, said, "The lack of progress in making our schools and colleges the safest possible environment for teaching and learning is a real cause for concern.
"While it is a fact of life that accidents occur, all employees have an obligation to do everything they can to protect their employees and to ensure that they can work in a safe and secure environment."
Some of the accident claims made by teachers who decided to instruct a personal injury solicitor included a £50,000 payout for a slip in a school car park, £2,475 paid to teachers injured whilst trying to break up a fight between pupils and £26,184 awarded to those who had been punched by a pupil.
Mr Smith believes that fewer accident claims could be made in the future if pupils are better disciplined in schools across Scotland.
He added, "Employers have a duty to assess and minimise the risk facing teachers, and also send a clear message that all violent conduct will not be tolerated or condoned."