Both targeted and random, violence at workplaces is a problem in our country. If there is any doubt, one just needs to watch the news and look at the statistics. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a staggering three million workers are the victims of workplace violence every year, and many more victims endure the violence in silence. Even more frightening—if that’s possible—homicides are the fourth leading cause of all workplace deaths.
Workplace violence can include many different actions. Some of the ways workers are victimized by violence include:
- Threatening behaviors like destruction of property, throwing of objects at a person, and shaking a fist or making another threatening gesture to someone
- Verbal and written threats of harm
- Harassing behaviors that are unwanted and designed to annoy, harass, alarm, verbally abuse, or bully another person
- Verbal abuse like swearing or insulting someone
- Physical attacks, such as hitting, punching, stabbing, or shooting a worker
Who Is Most at Risk for Workplace Violence?
Certain characteristics of a person’s job can make it one where violence is more likely. Working with money or the public, carrying out governmental inspections, working where alcohol is served, and working with people who are unstable or have mental health issues are a few of the work situations that endanger workers. Some of the most high risk professions include:
- Health care employees
- Correctional officers
- Police officers
- Employees providing social services to others
- Governmental inspectors
- Public works employees
- Retail workers
- Delivery drivers
- Taxicab drivers
- Postal workers
Workplace violence can cause workers to suffer devastating injuries like traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding or organ damage, or death. Employees in Texas could have the added challenge of suing their non-subscriber employer who has opted out of the workers’ compensation system for the compensation they are entitled to.
Were you a victim of workplace violence? Was a loved one killed? The experienced workplace accident attorneys at the Hart Law Firm are here to help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Start an online chat today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.