Injury Compensation for EIS Members more than Doubles to Almost £700k for year


The EIS has secured almost £700,000 in compensation settlements for members injured at work over the past year.

This amount represents an increase of more than 100%, compared to the 2019 figure of just over £290,000. 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, "It is never a welcome development to report on an increase in compensation payments received by our members. 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, “Many teaching professionals have felt particularly vulnerable in their places over work over the past year 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. Working in buildings that many teachers do not believe are COVID secure, without sufficient safety mitigations in place, has had significant implications for the physical and mental wellbeing of many of our members.”

Mr Flanagan went on to say, "It is important to emphasise the valuable role that unions such as the EIS play in standing up for employment rights and the health and wellbeing of employees. The EIS will continue to do all that it can to defend its members from all workplace risks by continuing to push local authorities and the Scottish Government to ensure that our schools, colleges and universities are safe places to work and to learn.”

The list below contains anonymised details of settlements secured over the past year.


Compensation for Members 2020

 

 

CLAIM

 

NATURE OF CLAIM

 

AWARD

 

 

 

Assault Claim

Member was assaulted by pupil and sustained serious injuries as a result.

£200,000

 

 

 

Stress Claim

Member suffered a high level of stress due to lack of support in the workplace.

£90,000

 

 

 

Assault Claim

After an altercation with a pupil our member was assaulted causing injury and distress.

£75,000

 

 

 

Health Claim

Member suffered ill-health as a result of the workplace environment.

£65,616

 

 

 

Stress/Personal Injury Claim

Member suffering stress and anxiety as a result of their employment.

£60,000

 

 

 

Stress Claim

Member suffering stress and anxiety as a result of their employment.

£60,000

 

 

 

Violence Claim

After an altercation with a pupil our member was assaulted causing serious injury and distress.

£55,000

 

 

 

Health Claim

Health claim as a result of workplace environment.

£25,000

 

 

 

Personal Injury Claim

Member suffering from prolonged continuous and progressive feelings of unfair treatment, bullying and harassment.

£20,000

 

 

 

Accident Claim

After an altercation with a pupil our member was assaulted causing injury and distress.

£11,500

 

 

 

Assault Claim

Member suffered stress and anxiety as a result of a sexual assault.

£10,000

 

 

 

Accident Claim

Member fell on pathway coming from the temporary staff car park. Member suffered a broken bone in left hand.

£6,500

 

 

 

Assault Claim

Member assaulted by a pupil who had a long history of violence.  The member suffered injury and distress.

£5,000

 

 

 

Accident Claim

Member fell in an untreated school park which resulted to an injury to the elbow.

£3,100

 

 

 

 

TOTAL AWARDS

£686,716

 

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