This blog is not about gun control, mental illness or terrorism. It’s about violence that, unfortunately, is increasing in the workplace where many people are vulnerable. It has been reported that deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. Additionally, nearly 2 million workers are reported to be victims each year of some type of workplace violence.
June is National Safety Month, as recognized by the National Safety Council, and each week they are focusing on a different safety topic. This week's focus is on active shooters and workplace violence prevention.
Workplace violence is a serious problem, with homicides representing the fourth leading cause of workplace fatalities. Approximately two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, and it’s become a growing concern for both employers and employees nationwide.
The horrific tragedy in San Bernardino that took the lives of 14 people and injured 21 earlier this month is one of several examples of workplace violence that forever changed the lives of so many. Those images of innocent people gunned down at a holiday gathering in yet another senseless violent act are haunting and the pain felt by those workers and their families is unimaginable.
It has been reported that deaths resulting from workplace violence have ranked among the top causes of occupational fatalities in American workplaces. Additionally, nearly 2 million workers are reported to be victims each year of some type of workplace violence.
Here’s a workplace safety statistic you maybe didn’t know: Homicide is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.
2012 has been a turbulent year in the US with more than enough violence and more than enough lives lost. Workplace violence is described as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,609 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2011, 10% were workplace homicides.