The Teachers Are Blowing Their Whistles!

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WorkCover benefits for Queensland teachers who are injured at work.

Almost 1000 Queensland teachers and principals made WorkCover claims after being assaulted and suffering injuries at school during the past five years.

Close to 1000 Queensland teachers and principals have  lodged claims with WorkCover after an alleged assault over the past five years, according to figures released by Queensland's Education and Training Department.

11 000 staff work days were lost as a result of the assaults.

Injuries ranged from cuts, bruises, strains, fractures, dislocations and mental health problems.

Over the past five years, more than 30 Queensland teachers and principals have requested more than 100 days off to recover from their injuries.

The injuries were caused by students, parents and members of the community.


203 claims were lodged during 2011-2012

192 claims were lodged during 2012-2013

187 claims were lodged during 2013-2014

235 claims were lodged during 2014-2015

167 claims were lodged during 2015-2016



Rise in assaults on school teachers and principals
, Ten News, 16 November 2016


Comcare benefits seem to be much more generous than the WorkCover or Qsuper benefits available to Queensland teachers.

Comcare claimants are entitled to their full salary for their first 45 weeks away from work.

Then 75 per cent of their wages until they reach retirement age or recover.

Why do Queensland teachers have such (comparatively) miserable benefits when they become ill?

 

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442 teacher psychological injury claims were accepted by WorkCover between the financial years July 2007-2012. But another 491 were rejected.
442 accepted psychological injury claims were lodged by Queensland teachers, deputy principals, principals and teacher aides at a cost of more than ten million dollars in the state sector between the 2007 to 2008 and 2011 to 2012 financial years.

But more psychological injury claims - another 491 - were denied than accepted.

The Queensland Teachers' Union warns teachers that psychological injuries are harder to prove than physical ones.

WorkCover Queensland made a further $1.38 million in payments to initially accepted claims that ended up being denied.

QTU president Kevin Bates said a significant number of the 442 accepted psychological claims had been rejected before his union helped appeal them.

 

Many QTU members didn't lodge WorkCover claims because so many are rejected.

 

"Those examples aren't one-off - those are the few that you do see," QASSP president Hilary Backus said of the psychological injury claims.

"There would be thousands of others that don't make it as far as a WorkCover claim.

 

"It is worth noting that across the department, the number of state school teachers who make claims for psychological conditions through WorkCover Queensland is extremely low," Department of Education, Training and Employment assistant director-general Craig Allen said.

"On average over the last three years, less than 0.5 per cent sought compensation."

 

 

 

Teachers paid more than $10m in compo over five years due to violence in Queensland schools, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 15 July 2013

16 July 2013 : I am a Queensland teacher. Sometimes I feel unsafe at work. If I suffer psychological harm at work, how much are WorkCover likely to pay me in compensation?

During the five years to July 2013, WorkCover Queensland have accepted the following claims for psychological injuries to Queensland teachers who have been involved in distressing and violent situations at school -

$290,629.28 - student threw chairs and a table at a member of staff.

$141,653.54 - read full Ethical Standards Unit file and discovered secret allegations.

$113.631.11 - high workload, seven grades to teach, difficult parents.

$109,992.45 - sent to work at a new school where there was a bully from a previous school.

 $88,997.89 - punched by a parent.

 $66,041.52 - false allegations.

 $69,231.24 - s-xual assault by a student.

 $55,073.34 - given a transfer, then told not wanted by new principal because of gossip.

 $50,258.87 - students rioted.

 $48,087.67 - a student pulled a knife and threatened staff and students.

 $42,837.25 - chased and threatened by students.

 $15,756.54 - threatened by a parent and told to hide if they wanted to be safe.

   $7878.20 - hate mail put in personal pigeon hole at work.

   $6254.48 - assaulted by a student.

   $2499.90 - continually threatened / stalked and had property damaged by students.

   $1248.00 - locked in a storeroom.

     $426.35 - two students with guns threatened staff.

 

 

Teacher stress costs millions, Tanya Chilcott, Page 6, The Courier-Mail, 15 July, 2013

Schools excel in mental anguish, Tanya Chilcott, Page 9, The Courier-Mail, 16 July 2013.

March 2013 : How much do WorkCover actually pay teachers when they are injured at work?

Some examples of WorkCover payments that have been made to Queensland teachers since 1 July 2010 -

 

$642,194.50 to a teacher injured when he/she was exposed to asbestos.

$52,769.54 to a teacher injured sitting in a classroom where the airconditioner was too draughty.

$41,355.44 to a teacher injured when he/she fell while supervising students surfing in the ocean.

$38,482.16 to a teacher injured when he/she had to do a lot of bending.

$35,850.42 to a teacher injured when hit by waves in surf.

$33,979 to a teacher injured when using the computer.

$18,187.50 to a teacher injured when using his/her voice continually above normal speaking level.

$6523.49 to a teacher injured during a class exercise program.

$3986.20 to a teacher injured when repeatedly using their shoulder while carrying out photocopying duties.

$2313.27 to a teacher injured by sitting for a long period of time.

$359 to a teacher injured when students hugged him/her.

$196 to a teacher injured when he/she caught their toe on a box of copy paper.

 

Teachers seeking compo for the darndest things, Alison Sandy and Anthony Gough, p.9, The Courier-Mail, Monday 4 March 2013

State Government to combat classroom assaults on teachers, Alison Sandy and Anthony Gough, The Sunday Mail, 3 March 2013

March 2013 : Many legitimate psychological WorkCover claims made by Queensland teachers are overlooked.

4193 WorkCover claims have been made by Queensland teachers since 1 July 2010.

Teachers have been paid a total of $18.39 million dollars.

An average of nine Queensland teachers a day are being paid by WorkCover.

Most WorkCover claims relate to accidents.

Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said the main problem with WorkCover for Queensland teachers was that many legitimate psychological claims were overlooked.

 

"A person ... can be suffering a very significant injury but it's a psychological one that isn't something you can actually see."

 

In June 2012 the Queensland Government launched an inquiry into the state WorkCover scheme.

The committee will report back by 23 May 2013.

 

Teachers seeking compo for the darndest things, Alison Sandy and Anthony Gough, p.9, The Courier-Mail, Monday 4 March 2013

October 2011 : How many Queensland teachers have received WorkCover compensation for psychological injury during the past year?

100 Queensland teachers had WorkCover claims for psychological injury accepted during the year July 2010 - June 2011.

WorkCover paid the teachers a total of $3,407,911 in compensation.

Opposition education spokesman Bruce Flegg said Queensland teachers were increasingly dealing with unruly students.

Assaults and abuse were becoming commonplace.

Stressed teachers paid $3.4 million, Felicity Caldwell, The Sunday Mail, 9 October 2011.

Victorian teacher alleges that when she made a WorkCover complaint about workplace bullying, she was bullied again by WorkCover.

If you are a Queensland teacher who is thinking of making a WorkCover complaint, you need to read submission 137 to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace Bullying : 

 

B.C (PDF 1,536KB) 

137.1 Supplementary Submission B.C (PDF 956KB) 

137.2 Supplementary Submission B.C (PDF 964KB)

 

This really well-written submission was actually written by a Victorian adult education teacher.

The Victorian teacher alleges that, when she made a complaint about workplace bullying, she was bullied again by WorkCover.

 

The Victorian teacher writes -

There is a need for a fully independent authority to investigate and resolve workplace bullying complaints.

The present model is wasting teachers' time, their livelihoods, their work record, the value of their qualifications, their health, their family's well-being and cohesion, their money

- and even their lives.

It does not provide justice.

All sources fail to provide help when a teacher is bullied.

Reporting bullying is tantmount to lighting a fuse to your own destruction.

"Whatever it takes" seems to be the guiding principle, not ethics.

A bullied teacher is hit by a tsunami of false, never previously raised allegations as the employer tries to justify bullying.

The teacher is framed.

The perpetrators are emboldened.

And the bullying spreads.

Three Queensland teachers sue the Queensland Government every day.

Three Queensland teachers sue the Queensland Government each day.

WorkCover Queensland has paid Queensland teachers more than $10 million compensation during the five years August 2005 - August 2010.

Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 30 August 2010.

I am a Queensland classroom teacher. If I am attacked by a student, will I be compensated for my injuries?

A student allegedly lifted a Queensland teacher up by the hair and shook her around then threw her to the ground.

WorkCover Queensland awarded the teacher $521.

Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail : 30 August 2010.

If I the students start to fight each other and I am injured while trying to stop them fighting, will I be compensated for my injuries?

A brawl broke out among more than 200 students at a Queensland school.

A teacher was struck down in the brawl.

WorkCover Queensland awarded the teacher $800 compensation.

Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail : 30 August 2010.

If three Queensland teachers sue the Queensland Government every day - does this mean that three Queensland teachers are being injured at work every day?

Comments by Griffith University Employment Relations associate professor Bradley Bowden suggest that the numbers of Queensland teachers being injured at work may be much higher than three per day -

Associate professor Bowden advises that it is quite difficult and onerous and stressful for Queensland teachers to get psychological claims ( for being attacked by a student, bullied by the principal, etc. ) accepted by WorkCover.

So a lot of teachers in those situations, particularly older teachers, would probably take sick leave rather than applying for WorkCover.

Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 30 August 2010.

Can I take compensation from WorkCover and then take further legal action for compensation for my injuries?

Griffith University Employment Relations associate professor Bradley Bowden advises -

Once a Queensland teacher has received workers' compensation , they cannot take further legal action.

Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 30 August 2010.

Recent WorkCover rulings have been ridiculous.

Teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to get any compensation out of WorkCover.

The real WorkCover issue is the disparity in how WorkCover treats non-physical injury.

In recent rulings, these pinheads have told Queensland teachers that being abused and even physically assaulted by students is a reasonable expectation of their teaching role.

Wormman of Brisbane, Reader's comment 13 of 47, Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail : 30 August 2010.

The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act is a sham.

In my family a teacher suffered a significant psychological injury and also physical injury from being bullied and assaulted at school.

However, despite all of the supporting evidence, WorkCover has been unscrupulous with unbelievably ridiculous time delays and dirty legal tricks to avoid any payout to a teacher who has been destroyed personally and professionally by workplace negligence, damage further compounded by WorkCover Queensland and their lawyers.

The Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act is a sham.

It offers no genuine protection or security to Queensland teachers or any other Queensland workers.

Truth Teller of Brisbane, Reader's comment 26 of 47, Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 30 August 2010.

Teachers who make WorkCover claims may be 'paidback' by bully administrators.

As a consultant I have seen many examples of senior management perverseness and favouritism in decisions to support or fight WorkCover claims.

And make no mistake, it is easy for a good Queensland worker with an unblemished record to get a black mark with management and to be subjected to relentless bullying for having the temerity to lodge a WorkCover claim.

Josh, Reader's comment 33 of 47, Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail, 30 August 2010.

Thank you for telling the truth about WorkCover.

Thank you Josh for stating it how it is.

This heartfelt thanks comes from one of those Queensland teachers who is a victim of the deliberately destructive partnership between WorkCover Queensland and a school employer when an injured teacher makes a valid claim as a result of workplace negligence.

Injured Worker of Brisbane, Reader's comment 35 of 47, Teachers paid millions in compensation for slipping over, being blown over and other injuries, Alison Sandy, The Courier-Mail : 30 August 2010.

A WorkCover Victim's Diary.

If you are thinking of making an application for WorkCover you may find the A WorkCover Victim's Diary website informative : http://aworkcovervictimsdiary.com/about/authors/

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