Figures released by EIS demonstrated that the amount of compensation secured by the EIS for its members in 2012 was at an all-time high.
The EIS revealed that over the last 12 months it secured over £1,350,000 for members in compensation for work-related injuries.
Commenting, Larry Flanagan said,
"Every year we hope that the number of workplace injuries, and therefore the number of compensation cases, will fall."
"Sadly, the evidence from 2012 is that educational employers still have a great deal of work to do to improve the safety of our schools, colleges and universities.”
The 2012 settlements contained a number of claims which were a result of assaults by pupils on teachers.
In one instance, a teacher was subject to many violent incidents involving a individual child. Despite repeated requests, the employer failed to carry out a risk assessment of this pupil.
In another case, a member was assaulted and suffered injuries to her back and arm while trying to restrain a pupil.
Mr Flanagan condemned Government changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) which were introduced on 27 November 2012. These changes will restrict future compensation to those who suffer serious injuries, cutting an estimated £50m off the annual £449m bill.
"The right to compensation for these violence injuries sustained in the workplace have now been taken away from many teachers. These changes display a callous disregard for the right of teachers, and other front-line public sector workers, not to be assaulted in their workplace."
"It is important that victims of violent crime are given financial redress to help them get back to their feet, particularly if they are unable to return to work.”
The compensation settlements published by the EIS reveal that the main cause of injury to teachers and lecturers continues to be accidents involving falls caused by slips and trips.
In response, Larry Flanagan said,
"Such accidents are completely avoidable if employers implement basic, inexpensive safety requirements."
"As well as causing suffering and injury to individuals, all of these accidents have caused financial losses to the employer and to the public purse."
"Indeed, the taxpayer is paying a heavy price for the failure by employers to protect their staff from workplace injury.”
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Highly confidential cases which were subject to compromise settlements have not been itemised.