An instance of slipping and tripping in a school canteen resulted in a teacher being awarded a personal injury compensation settlement of £200,000 last year, new figures have shown.
According to statistics published by several teaching unions - such as NASUWT, the largest such organisation in the UK - professionals in this sector received millions of pounds in damages throughout 2010 due to issues such as injuries and unfair dismissal.
The largest individual award of £200,000 was given to the male teacher who worsened an existing hernia after slipping on a grape, which left him unable to work.
Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, stated that such levels of compensation represent no cause for celebration within the teaching industry.
"What this figure illustrates is the cost to the public purse of employers' poor or discriminatory employment practices and failure to pay due regard to health and safety in the workplace," he added.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett