Thursday, February 25, 2010

Workplace Violence

Homicide is now the third highest work-related cause of death in the United States. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, in a study of homicides at work from 1980 to 1988, found that homicide accounted for 12% of job-related deaths.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that homicide was the leading cause of death for women at work, accounting for 42% of on-the-job fatalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after motor vehicle incidents, homicide is the leading cause of death in the workplace. The Justice Department reported in 1994 that one-sixth of all violent crimes in the United States occur in the workplace. The statistics tell the story... here's some information that can help you better prepare for and avoid violence at your place of work.

There is a potential for violence in every workplace. (Item #1)   Employers need to be aware they may be liable for injuries caused by workplace violence. (Item #2)   While there's no way to predict workplace violence accurately, there are warning signs that can aid in prevention. (Item #3) 

The two most effective strategies for dealing with a bully who has targeted you are Fight and Flight. (Item #4)   Negligent hiring and negligent retention can put employers at risk. (Item #5)   The Sept. 8 killing of Yale graduate student Annie Lewas another harrowing instance of what authorities called "workplace violence." (Item #6)  

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