Workplace Violence: An Unrecognized Threat in North Carolina

Work is a big part of all of our lives. It takes up a pretty good portion of our week. It’s important to make sure that you’re safe while you/’re doing your job, regardless of where it is and what industry it’s in. The sad fact is, violence in the workplace is a real threat and employees may be victimized by other crimes, like theft or even sexual assault.
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Company owners and supervisors are required to make sure that the risks for all kinds of accidents and conflicts are minimized on the job for all employees. There are also things that workers can do to help to increase their safety, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Our Rock Hill workers’ compensation lawyers understand that violence and threats are all over the headlines of the major new sources. They’re happening in homes, in business and in other public areas. This can include rape, robbery, muggings and other assaults. Everyone cringes when they hear the reports of these stories, but the truth of the matter is that you may be at risk too, particularly at work.

In 2004, there was a violent crime rate of more than 21 incidents per 1,000 people. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice, this included simple assaults, aggravated assaults, robbery, rape and murder.

It’s important for employers to make sure that they know what’s going on in their work places. People need to be identified before walking onto the premise and potential employees need to be checked out before being hired, including background checks (when needed), references and other credentials.

Every company, no matter how small, should have an emergency plan in place.

There were nearly 5,000 workplace injuries reported in 2010. More than 500 of them were workplace homicides, according to the United States Department of Labor.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide. Still, these threats are oftentimes overlooked by both employees and employers.

Every year, there are about 2 million workers in the U.S. who report that they were the victims of workplace violence. Still, officials think many cases are never reported. These incidents can happen any time and anywhere. Employers and employees need to keep their eyes and ears open on the job. Report any suspicious activity. Awareness is one of the top keys in preventing these incidents.

These risks and incidents can be reduced when the proper safety precautions are taken. One of the best policies that an employer can offer their employees is a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence. This kind of policy should cover all employees, contractors, visors, clients, patients and anyone else who may come in contact with company personnel.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a work accident, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Bill Signed to Help Ensure Workers’ Compensation Throughout NC, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 30, 2012

North Carolina Healthcare Awards Illustrate Medical Industry’s Work-Accident Risks, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 28, 2012

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