Working in education is already a difficult task on its own. There are many stressors to deal with on a daily basis. Even though it seems like a relatively physically safe position, risks still exist.
Teachers all across the nation suffer from numerous job-related injuries every year, in fact. What are the most common injuries among these?
Injuries on the job
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics discusses the dangers that teachers face at work. Some of these dangers come in the form of work-related accidents.
Transportation, such as through a bus during a school trip, accounts for a number of teacher injuries and even fatalities. Slip and fall incidents also happen frequently, especially in the chaos of a classroom.
Facing acts of violence
In some cases, acts of violence may lead to injury, too. Students may hit, kick, shove or otherwise commit bodily harm against a teacher at any point in the day. Coming into contact with ill students may also sicken the teacher, too, putting their health at risk.
Finally, there is the risk of gun violence. Students or other assailants carrying firearms into a school setting is unfortunately not uncommon in America, and teachers must prepare to handle such a devastating and terrifying situation if it were to occur in their school. This easily puts a teacher’s life on the line.
In 2014 alone, 36,500 teachers also suffered from illnesses or injuries causing them to miss some work. Because of the steep financial toll these issues can take, it is important for teachers to understand what their options are when it comes to compensation and financial damages.