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Academics and lecturers throughout Scotland have been paid greater than £600,000 in compensation for accidents – together with from assaults and accidents – at work up to now yr.

Funds to members of the Academic Institute of Scotland (EIS) union included £55,000 to a trainer assaulted by a pupil.

It was stated to have occurred when the trainer tried to calm the pupil.

Many payouts have been resulting from accidents brought on by accidents.

They included £12,000 for a knee fracture brought on by tripping over a metallic door wedge and the identical quantity for a damaged arm brought on by slipping on black ice in a college automotive park.

One other award was £12,500 for again ache brought on by carrying a heavy field with out handles.

The whole payouts to EIS members for the yr reached £608,925.

EIS common secretary Larry Flanagan stated: “This yr’s determine of over £600,000 in compensation for lecturers and lecturers injured at work demonstrates that there’s nonetheless a protracted strategy to go in the direction of the intention of eliminating office accidents in our colleges, schools and universities.

“The most typical reason for accidents continues to be accidents corresponding to slips, journeys and falls.

“These are additionally the sorts of incidents which can be solely avoidable with right adherence to acceptable well being and security procedures within the office.

“Colleges, schools and universities won’t ever be solely risk-free however it’s important that each one services are as protected as potential for learners and workers alike.”

Mr Flanagan denied the payouts have been a sign of a compensation tradition.

He stated the compensation quantities could be lowered if insurance coverage corporations took much less time to confess legal responsibility.