While we often find it hard to recognize the potential dangers in many jobs, as a security guard it is not at all difficult to imagine that you are often faced with dangerous situations – sometimes even life-threatening. A FedEx security guard faced exactly that type of situation in 2014 when another FedEx worker shot the guard along with five other people before the shooter killed himself. That FedEx security guard’s life has been altered immeasurably as a result of that workplace violence and the injuries he sustained. According to a recent story about his progress, he is still in a lot of pain despite his continuing recovery and has had to go through a series of surgeries since the incident.
What Exactly Is Workplace Violence?
Even though security work is inherently dangerous, employers still have the responsibility to keep the workplace safe. Workplace violence is a growing concern, but the question of how to control it has yet to be answered. The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as a threat or actual act of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other behavior occurring at the workplace. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. OSHA further notes the sobering statistic that homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States and that 403 of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the US in a recent year were homicides. It is hard to argue that this issue is – and should be – a huge concern to employers and employees alike.
What Safety Measures Should Be in Place to Keep a Workplace Safe?
OSHA offers some valuable tips about how to keep the workplace safer and less likely to experience instances of workplace violence. They suggest that taking the appropriate precautions is one way to lower risks – one such way to take precaution is to implement a strict policy against workplace violence that covers anyone involved with or that may come in contact with company employees. Prevention programs and training are also important components of any workplace safety initiative and, as OSHA further notes, employers in higher risk industries should also take additional steps to protect their employees from workplace violence. It should be the goal of every employer to not only make the workplace as safe as possible for its employees but also to completely rid the workplace of any fear of violence.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Can Help You If You Have Suffered A Workplace Injury
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a workplace injury, or if you have suffered injuries as a result of workplace violence, you may have questions about what you may be entitled to and whether you qualify for workers’ compensation. The legal professionals at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers have experience with all types of workers’ compensation issues and are here to help you. Contact us today either online or by calling to discuss your case and what you need to do to obtain the relief you need.