The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported teaching to be the second most stressful occupation in the UK, with 41% of teachers reporting very high or extremely high levels of stress at work.
Bolton UK (PRWEB UK) 12 April 2013
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported teaching to be the second most stressful occupation in the UK, with 41% of teachers reporting very high or extremely high levels of stress at work. The combination of managing student behavior, marking work and planning lessons cause enough pressure, both in and out of the classroom, without the additional worry of personal injury.
A recent Sky News report brought to light the prevalence of personal injury claims within the profession; reporting the millions received by teachers in injury pay-outs and detailing the range of incidents.
According to Sky News, the personal injury compensation claims reported ranged from slips and trips to more worrying incidents of teachers being attacked by pupils. Shocking cases included an instance where a pupil slammed his teachers arm in a filing cabinet, resulting in the damages of £382,930 being awarded.
Asons Executive, Laura Williams, commented on the matter –
“Reading these cases I feel lucky to consider myself safe in my day to day work. At no point during my day do I feel threatened or consider my employer negligent in providing a safe working environment. While Teaching is understood to be a stressful profession, the worry of personal injury shouldn’t contribute to this.”
The slips and trips commented on in the Sky News article were due to poor building maintenance, which, with the correct up-keep were entirely avoidable. One teacher was awarded personal injury compensation worth £13,500 after tripping on loose carpet and fracturing her elbow; while another teacher who slipped on an ‘unusually shiny’ classroom floor was awarded £9,000.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure they provide a safe working environment for their staff; making sure frequent health and safety assessments are carried out, ensuring they comply with regulations. While this is more complicated in the instance of violence from pupils, there is no excuse for neglecting the maintenance of a school.
As made clear within the Sky News article, in cases of preventable occupational personal injury a claim can often be substantiated. If an employer has been negligent in providing a safe working environment, resulting in an accident, contact Asons Solicitors today. You can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk
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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.
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