If you are a teacher, chances are you love your job. Educating kids and making the world better is what you are all about. Preparing lectures and grading papers may be your main concerns, but you should also be aware of the risk of getting hurt at your job.
While teaching may usually be a fairly straightforward and risk-averse career, there are still some hazards to watch for. Here are some that you may encounter while teaching.
1. School violence
One common way teachers sustain on-the-job injuries is through violence. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 9 percent of elementary public school teachers reported being attacked by students during the 2015 and 2016 school year. In order to prevent this type of workplace violence from occurring, your school should take some steps to ensure your safety, such as enacting an evacuation procedure and providing de-escalation training.
2. Stress injuries
Your job as an educator requires you to do a lot of repetitive work. When you consistently perform certain activities, such as writing or typing, your hands and wrists may develop injuries. Standing for long periods of time may result in hip, leg or back problems. You may need to talk to your supervisor about taking necessary breaks or improving the ergonomics of your workplace.
3. Slip, trip or fall
Falling as a teacher may happen for a variety of reasons, such as the following:
- Slipping on the floor of a freshly mopped hallway
- Slipping on a spill in the cafeteria
- Falling off a ladder while hanging displays or banners
- Tripping on materials in the classroom
What may seem like a mundane activity can actually result in serious injuries, such as broken bones or concussions.
Suffering an injury can be devastating for your finances as well as your physical health. Lost work time may lead to lost wages. If you sustain an injury at school, make sure you explore your options for receiving compensation.