Workplace violence is the second leading cause of occupational fatalities in the U.S. Approximately two million workers are injured every year, and more than 800 die as a result, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Workplace violence accounted for 16 percent of all work-related fatal occupational injuries in 2014, according to the BLS.
And according to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) estimates, the cost of workplace violence to employers is $121 billion annually.
Although dramatic multiple homicide incidents garner the most media attention, they actually represent a small number of incidents. The majority of incidents that employers and employees face on a daily basis involve robberies, assaults, domestic violence, stalking, threats, harassment (including sexual harassment), and physical and/or emotional abuse. Not only are these incidents not often publicized, many of them are not even reported to management, according to Safety.BLR.com.
Safety.BLR.com put together the infographic below to illustrate who’s most at risk for workplace violence and provide suggestions for how to prevent incidents at your facility.