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HI all just want some advice, Im working as a supply teacher and last monday was involved with Accident at work. whilst teaching class a whiteboard about 10ft by 4ft crashed down from wall hitting me across right shoulder, was looked at by school first aidder and reported in accident book with a request for local council heath and saftey team to look into it, was told no problem if i went and had it checked out local hospital that afternoon.

 

There caretaker also spoke to me and i belive jokingly said you are not going to sue us. on monday evening it had started to swell up, I had very little sleep and by tuesday morning was very painfal to use right arm. I phoned school left answer machine message explain I would need first lessons covered as

not sure how long would be in hospital, left my mobile number and said i would keep them updated, I then let my agency know what had happened preivious day.

 

Agency contacted me back stating for me just to get to school as soon as I could. got to hospital which is local to home address about 9am and had to wait till about 10.15 am to be seen. I let the school know this they also stated thanks get in as soon as you can.

 

I was sent for xrays etc and about 11am was told no breaks only soft tissue damage take pain killers and anti inflamatorys for next week and do excersises to restrenthen arm.

 

I phoned school again and let them know i would be there asap rely on train etc which takes arround 1.5 hrs to get there.

I arrived arround 12.45 which is towards end of lesson 3 . on a tuesday i teach lesson 1 and 2 morning and lesson 4 in the afternoon.

I then submited timesheet for full 5 days which was rejected stating no arrival till 1pmish, asking for resubmission am guessing 4.5 is what they want me to put down,

 

need to contact agency on monday re this would it be worth making a claim for injery thanksany advice gratefully recived.

 

ps whiteboard had hit 1 teacher before and just missed another cartakers have just rehung it thanks in same way

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Hi and welcome.

 

I think that ideally you need to firstly make a written complaint that you have suffered a loss of wages through an accident at work. This would initially go through your agency, who would presumably then take the matter up with the school or the education authority. If that were not to succeed then you will have to go down the route of a PI claim against the school and the loss of wages will then form part of the claim against them in addition to pain and suffering.

 

I am normally against automatically taking up a claim where a genuine accident is involved, but in your case, it does appear that there was (and still is) a degree of negligence in not securing the whiteboard properly and my fear would probably be that this could fall on a child next time - which will almost certainly result in a claim if not worse for the school.

 

You need to make copious notes on how it was and is, inadequately secured, what happened, who saw it happen, who it was reported to and how, and what remedial action has been taken (or has not). Take photographs if possible as well, for once they receive any letter of complaint you can guarantee that the problem will be dealt with rather swiftly.

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