Teachers are some of the largely unsung heroes of our society. They educate, guide and care for our children, often going above and beyond to ensure that their students are well-equipped for the future. However, the nature of their job often puts them at risk of workplace injuries.
Below are just a few of the types of injuries that teachers commonly face in the workplace.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Teachers are required to navigate around classrooms filled with tables, chairs, books and other equipment. This layout increases the risk of trip-and-fall accidents. Slips and trips are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries for teachers. These accidents can cause injuries like fractures, sprains and even head injuries, in severe cases.
Teaching can be a stressful job. The pressure of managing a classroom, burdensome administrative tasks and meeting performance targets can take a toll on a teacher’s mental health. Continuing exposure to stress can lead to anxiety, depression and even physical health problems.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, are common among teachers due many professionals’ need to use a computer keyboard and/or mouse, lift heavy items and repetitively write with a pen for extended periods. Such injuries may result in the need for surgery and extended time off work to recover.
A workplace injury can not only cause you physical harm but also affect your ability to work and earn a living. If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury as a teacher, it’s crucial to seek legal assistance as soon as possible and find out more about your rights to worker’s compensation.