According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. Workplace violence such as intimidation, verbal threats, physical attacks, and property damage includes, but is not limited to, acts committed by employees, customers, and unsolicited visitors at the workplace.
High-Risk Occupations that Expose Workers To Violent Situations
Examples of occupations exposed to higher risks of violent situations likely to occur may involve those with:
- Direct customer contact while handling cash transactions,
- Service deliveries in high-crime neighborhoods, and
- Early morning or late night work shifts.
Federal Law Requires Employers to Act
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all workers covered by the Act. If the work environment has hazards or harmful conditions present, then the employer has an obligation to protect their employees who may be at risk of unintentional accidents and potential dangers.
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