Violence in the Workplace: More Prevalent, and More Costly Than You May Think

Most incidents of workplace violence don’t lead to headlines, but assaults, threats, verbal abuse and harassment in the workplace are becoming significant reason for concern. In 2012, one in every five fatal work injuries was attributed to workplace violence, not accidents, according to a recent Worker’s Compensation article.

Some employees are at higher risk for such injuries. Employees who work with the public or handle money are generally at greater risk. That’s why OSHA recommends that employers create a workplace violence prevention program, to explain the risks and ways that employees can help mitigate them. Establishing an emergency protocol and creating a safe perimeter for employees are other recommended measures employers can take.

Read more about preventing workplace violence here.