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Serious Injures To Education Workers Shoot Up

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FROM ATTACKS ON EDUCATION WORKERS SHOOT UP 24% ACCORDING TO SHOCK GMB FIGURES

New official figures include loss of sight, brain damage, loss of consciousness, asphyxia, amputation and even death.

The number of serious injuries suffered by education workers after violent assaults has shot up by 24% in the past five years, new figures obtained by the GMB show. [1]

In 2016/16, 477 assaults were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – up from 385 in 2012/13.

Only the most serious categories of injury are reported to the HSE by early years providers, schools, colleges and universities.  [Contact GMB Press Office for case studies]

Of the 2016/17 total, 385 education workers were so badly injured that they had to take more than seven days off work.

A further 92 education workers suffered a ‘specified’ injury.

This category of injury includes those that result in: fractures, loss of sight, brain damage, loss of consciousness, asphyxia, or amputation. [2]

Ten per cent injuries suffered by education workers that were reported to the Health and Safety Executive last year were caused by acts of violence – up from eight per cent in 2012/13.

One death caused by an act of violence was reported amongst education workers in 2014/15.

GMB, which represents educational support staff workers in all parts of the sector, is calling on schools to sign up to a code of conduct, which will include having a clear policy, ensuring incidents are recorded consistently and that incidents are treated equally seriously, whoever the victim is.

Karen Leonard, GMB National Officer, said:

“These figures back up what our members tell us – school staff experience violence and abuse on a daily basis.

“Obviously these serious injuries are particularly horrific – but all abuse has consequences and can lead to a climate of stress and fear.

“Our members love their jobs and want to carry on doing their best for the children.

“But their schools must make sure they have proper policies, guidelines and principles to back staff up when attacks do take place.

“GMB demands a zero-tolerance approach to violence in schools – with proper, reliable support systems in place for those who do experience it.

“Throughout 2018 we will be asking schools to sign up to GMB’s code of conduct to ensure attacks on members, when they happen, are dealt with properly."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] HSE response to a GMB Freedom of Information Act request, 16 January 2018. The figures collated by the HSE cover the education sector as a whole, including early years education, further and higher education, and private sector educational activities.

Figures are reported for Great Britain. The category of ‘specified’ injuries was introduced in 2013/14 and figures within this category from before this date may not be strictly comparable.

 

                     

 

 

 

 

Number of reported non-fatal injuries to employees

% of non-fatal injuries accounted for by 'acts of violence' within industry group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total reported non-fatal injury

Of which…

Total reported non-fatal injury

Of which…

 

Year

Industry Level

SIC 2007
code (1)

Industry

Specified#

Over-7-day

Specified#

Over-7-day

 

2016/17p

Division

85

Education

477

92

385

10%

11%

9%

 

2015/16

Division

85

Education

426

97

329

9%

12%

8%

 

2014/15

Division

85

Education

437

83

354

9%

10%

9%

 

2013/14

Division

85

Education

439

88

351

9%

10%

9%

 

2012/13

Division

85

Education

385

83

302

8%

11%

8%

 

                         

[2] The HSE’s definitions of a ‘specified’ injury can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/specified-injuries.htm
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