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Teachers and work-related injuries

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Worker's Compensation

Teachers play a key role in shaping the future by educating and inspiring students. However, their job can also come with its own set of risks and challenges, including workplace injuries.

It is important for teachers to review workplace injury risks and tips on how to stay safe.

Musculoskeletal and vocal injuries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 120,000 elementary and secondary school teachers suffered a job-related injury or illness during 2021. One of the most common workplace injuries among teachers is musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries often result from poor ergonomics, such as sitting or standing for long periods of time, improper lifting techniques, or repetitive movements. To prevent these injuries, teachers should make sure to maintain good posture, take regular breaks to stretch and move around, and use ergonomic furniture and equipment when possible.

Another common workplace injury among teachers is vocal strain. Teachers often have to raise their voices to be heard in noisy classrooms, leading to vocal fatigue, and strain. This can result in hoarseness, sore throat and even long-term damage to the vocal cords. To prevent vocal strain, teachers should practice proper vocal hygiene, use amplification devices when necessary, and avoid shouting or talking loudly for extended periods of time.

Other risks

Teachers may also be at risk for slips, trips, and falls in the classroom or on school premises. Wet floors, cluttered walkways, and poorly maintained facilities can all contribute to these types of accidents. To prevent slips, trips and falls, teachers should keep their work areas clean and organized, report any safety hazards to school administrators. and wear appropriate footwear with good traction. It is important for teachers to be aware of the potential risks and hazards in their workplace in order to prevent injuries and ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

By taking proactive measures to address these issues, teachers can stay healthy and productive in their roles and continue to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.