Violence in Workplace

Violence in Workplace

Violence in Workplace

In a workplace, there are many posing and existing risks for its workers, may it be through the nature of work or external factors, and with even proper personal protective gears (PPEs) and counter measures, some form of accident happens just coincidentally such as violence among workers inside the workplace. From major non government institutions that concern work place violence, they have gathered significant amount of numbers relating to occurrence and frequency of extended duration of work place violence.

So what is workplace violence?

In general, workplace violence refers to the a occupational violence that ranges its variety and form from physical abuse, verbal abuse or threat, to mental abuse that creates a intrapersonal risk as it threatens one's health and safety or even extends up to multiple employees. This specific occurrence could possible have a similar effect as a sustenance of injury of a worker as it inflicts same or even more amount of damage to the worker as well as to the company's productivity and has to be addressed and known for it to be resolved before developing worse cases such as self harm and permanent mental damage. 

What causes workplace violence?

There are multiple factors that could cause a workplace violence and surprisingly, it is not about work but people involved with your line of work or people who you have history with. Some of these factors are: unstable workmates, working alone or unsurveillanced workplace could be an area for potential violence, loan history with a workmate, working in a alcohol-stricken workplace and surrounding people has high likelihood for violence. 

Prevalence of Workplace Violence

These are some stats according to National Security Council (NSC) from the previous years:

  • Millions of U.S. workers has been made reports for being a victim of workplace violence every year. 

  • 20,790 injuries and 453 fatalities was caused by workplace assault in 2018 according to Injury Facts.

  • Specific industries such as healthcare and education are prone and has high likelihood to violence than other occupation.

  • In addition to the previous statement, taxi drivers are more likely to be murdered on the job than other workers according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

  • Following the event of violence experienced by a worker, 21% of them require 31 or more days away from work to recover and 20% involved require 3 to 5 days away from work for the same reason. 

  • In extreme cases, 453 U.S. workers were victims of workplace homicide in 2018.

How to prevent or mitigate the chances of occurrence of workplace violence

  1. A clear background check for every employees

  2. Establish countermeasures against harassment and violence 

  3. Open communication line 

  4. Having monthly health break or seminar for developing employees to accept forms of differences and etc. 

Call your Attorney

If ever you or one of your family members has been involved or has experienced a workplace accident as a victim that has render to sustain significant injuries caused by workplace violence, you can always refer help from a professional experienced injury lawyer to smoothen things out as your hired lawyers can help you decide from their factual and legal advices and can properly negotiate with the company that you were in. 

Ryan LLP is an Ohio based injury lawyer that represents victims of personal injury caused by car accidents, medical malpractice due to medical professional's negligence, and even wrongful death against large companies, agencies and even individuals. We have 40 years of experience doing our service in this field and evidently successful with our civil litigations. Call our office now for free legal consultation.

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