Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can happen at any time and any workplace. Violent incidents can happen in any industry and to anyone, with or without provocation, by unknown assailants and more times than not, by people the victims know. There are many things that can play a role in the cause of a person becoming violent towards others, and when it’s personal and targeted towards certain individuals, it happens because they are at the one place the assailant knows where they can find them. Although most times violent incidents are unforeseeable, an organization can take steps that may prevent some of these incidents from happening.  

When people hear the term workplace violence, what come to the minds of many are the hi-profile events with multiple victims that take place at a work site when a disgruntled employee kills or seriously injures his co-workers. The media coverage of these events makes them known nation-wide because of the severity of the crimes.   These events are just a small fraction of what goes on every day, unreported. Workplace violence has a wider scope and can be defined as “any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.” (OSHA, 2002).   Often times, incidents are a result of non-work related situations that are brought into the job site and then will include co-workers of the victim.
Workplace violence often involves people that the victim does not know, this includes robbery situations.   A large number of work related homicides are robberies, by assailants who are unknown to the victims.   These robberies can occur in situations where there is a clerk that is left alone in a store or more often, when a taxicab driver is held up and murdered for his fares.   Taxicab drivers are in the highest risk group when it comes to the national average for potential work place violence...