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Teachers face various hazards at work

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

When it comes to work-related accidents, many people realize some of the risks that workers in particularly dangerous fields encounter, such as construction workers falling off of a ladder, truck drivers becoming involved in a motor vehicle collision, etc. However, even fields that seem relatively safe, at least in terms of physical injuries, can present various dangers.

For example, some teachers find themselves injured at work, and these accidents occur for a host of reasons. Teachers should review data on these accidents and focus on their recovery if an accident has already occurred.

Risks that cause teachers to suffer injuries while working

The Bureau of Labor Statistics goes over various risk factors that teachers can face while performing their job duties and provides statistics on work-related injuries and deaths among teachers. Many teachers become hurt due to slipping, falling or tripping, and violence is also a leading cause of workplace injuries impacting teachers.

Other workplace injury hazards include overexertion, accidents involving transportation, contact with equipment and becoming exposed to toxic substances.

Data on teachers and workplace accidents

During 2014, most teachers who missed work as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident found themselves in this position due to falling down, tripping or slipping. In fact, more than 36,500 teachers had to take time off of work due to job-related injuries in 2014, and 27 lost their lives while working.

Over the course of 2014, 59 out of every 10,000 full-time teachers suffered nonfatal job-related injuries and illnesses that prompted them to take time off work. A work-related injury could cause a teacher to struggle as a result of lost wages, medical expenses, mental trauma and physical pain, and the victims of these accidents need to carefully examine their options.

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