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What is Workplace Violence?

All workers deserve to work in an environment that is free of harassment and workplace violence. Unfortunately, for some workers, their work can be a dangerous. What constitutes workplace violence? Would you know your rights if it were to happen to you?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace violence is either violence or threats of violence against workers. It can occur at work, or when you’re outside of work.

Workplace violence includes:

  • Threats
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical assaults
  • Homicide

However workplace violence manifests itself, it is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths and OSHA contends that it is a growing concern for employees and employers alike.

Who is at the most risk?

OSHA reports that approximately 2 million workers are victims of workplace violence each year. It can occur in any profession, and it can strike anytime. By the nature of their work, some workers are at a greater risk than others, but still, no one is immune.

These workers are at an increased risk:

  • Workers who exchange cash with the public (e.g. retail stores, gas stations, and convenience stores).
  • Workers who deliver passengers (bus drivers, cab drivers, and shuttle drivers).
  • People who work alone.
  • People who work late at night or in the early morning.
  • People who work in high crime neighborhoods.
  • People who work in group homes.
  • People who have extensive contact with the public.
  • Social service workers.
  • Gas and water utility employees.
  • Letter carriers, phone and cable TV installers.
  • Probation officers, visiting nurses, and psychiatric evaluators.

What You Should Know About Workplace Violence

If you’ve been a victim of workplace violence, there are some things that you should know. First, you should report and log all incidents and threats of violence.

Second, be sure to seek out prompt medical treatment if you are ever hurt by a boss, co-worker, subcontractor, or customer. Third, report all violent incidents to the police right away.

Please be aware that you have the right to work in a safe environment, and you have legal rights. If you have suffered undue injuries because of workplace violence, you may be entitled to compensation under the law.

We encourage you to pick up the phone and contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to discuss your case with an experienced Plano personal injury attorney.