A freedom of information request has revealed that Warwickshire County Council has paid £237,870 in compensation to teachers injured in accidents at work over the last five years.
The figures obtained by the Coventry Telegraph newspaper, included a payment of almost £60,000 paid to a teacher who seriously injured her neck and back after slipping on a school toilet floor.
The most common cause of work injury to teachers in the area was through falls, closely followed by injuries sustained while moving equipment.
The report also shows that two teachers were paid compensation after being injured by a door, another was injured by a chair collapsing and another was paid damages after developing repetitive strain injury (RSI).
The President of the National Union of Teachers in Warwickshire, Andy Summers, stated that it was possible that work accidents such as these would increase due to recent spending cuts compromising on-site safety.
The newspaper also revealed that six claims resulted in £75,831.65 being paid to teachers in Coventry over the same five year period, including £37,411.28 which was paid following an incident with a wheelchair.
A spokeswoman from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) stated that it was unfortunate that anyone gets injured at work but considering over 3,000 teachers worked in the Coventry area, the figures were ‘not too bad’.