Workplace Violence

What is workplace violence?

OSHA (The Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration) defines workplace violence as violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and ranges from threats, verbal abuse, and bullying to physical assaults and homicide – the latter being one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.

Why should your organization have a violence prevention program?

The following statistics are compiled from reported incidents. Note: these are not simply incidents of intimidation or situations that cause workers to fear for their safety – they are actual cases of reported violence. Like you, we are aware that many individuals in the workplace have experienced workplace bullies who intimidate and threaten. Not surprisingly, such intimidation, bullying, and threats sometimes lead to violent incidents.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Institute on Domestic Violence:

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death to women in the workplace.
  • Partners and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.
  • In 2002, 609 fatalities resulted from homicides in the workplace.
  • In 2001, 17,215 nonfatal injuries resulted from assaults and violent acts by individuals in the workplace.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 639 workplace homicides out of 8,786 fatal work injuries, in the United States in 2001.
  • During the decade of the 1990s, there were approximately 1.6 million incidents of workplace violence each year.

Employee Risk Factors

Signs to look for include:

  • Increased absenteeism
  • Decreased attention to hygiene
  • Use of illegal drugs and or alcohol
  • Increasingly depressed
  • Episodes of domestic violence
  • Paranoid behavior
  • Interest in weapons
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Perpetual negative demeanor

A combination of several of these risk factors would signal cause for careful scrutiny of an employee’s potential for acting out. For more information regarding this topic, please contact Alpha-Omega Investigations at 1-800-416-8566.

What are solutions to workplace violence?

Alpha-Omega Investigations believes that prevention is paramount. If you suspect you have or may have a potential situation, we can help. At Alpha-Omega Investigations, we have security personnel specifically trained and equipped to deal with violence in the workplace.

We can provide the services required for businesses seeking workplace violence prevention.