Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Violent Workplace IncidentsSeptember 15, 2015
Violence in the workplace. The shooter was a former reporter with the Virginia news team and, during his two-year employment there, had gathered a reputation for clashing with coworkers. When the station fired him in 2013, he caused enough of a scene that the police were called to escort him out.
Every year, tens of thousands of U.S. workers are seriously injured in violent workplace incidents; and an average of more than 400 people are victims of workplace homicide, making it the fourth leading cause of fatal workplace injury after motor vehicle crashes, slips and falls, and contact with objects and equipment. For women, the numbers are even more alarming – homicide is the second leading cause of death in the workplace. According to the most recent data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22% of fatal workplace injuries to women were homicides, compared to eight percent for men. The overwhelming majority of workplace killings were gun-related.
Workplace violence is a major issue in the U.S. Nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year, and sadly, many more cases go unreported. Acts of violence can happen to anyone, anytime, and unfortunately no one is immune. There are, however, certain occupations that have statistically higher rates of violent crimes such as nurses, taxicab drivers, delivery drivers, utility workers, letter carriers and those who work alone or at night. Unlike other crimes, workplace killings are most commonly committed by strangers, and most often during a robbery.
Preventing Workplace Violence
Tragically, acts of violence committed by a disgruntled employee do happen, though they are rare. In 2013, roughly 18% of workplace killings were carried out by colleagues or former coworkers. Though no one can predict the behavior of someone who is beyond disgruntled or angry, safety experts say that there are some steps employers can take to prevent ordinary workplace disputes from escalating to the point of extreme violence.
The law requires employers to provide their employees with a safe working environment and to protect them from recognized hazards, including assaults. Companies must provide training on behavior warning signs and provide employees with a secure and anonymous way to report concerns to supervisors. Threats should always be taken seriously and immediately reported to police.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Assist Victims of Workplace Violence
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a work-related assault or homicide, help is available. For more than 30 years, Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have been helping injured workers and their families obtain maximum compensation for work-related injuries and deaths, including those carried out by a third-party. To talk to one of our dedicated and knowledgeable Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers about a possible claim, call 844-556-4LAW (4529) today to schedule your free and confidential consultation. Someone is available to take your call at any time of the day or night, or you can contact us online.