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Workplace violence: Is it really a valid concern for me?

It does not matter what kind of job you have or the nature of your work; anyone can face exposure to workplace violence at some point. Even the threat of harm can be emotionally traumatizing, and all South Carolina workers will benefit from knowing their rights in case of a violent incident in the workplace.

It is impossible to predict human behavior, and it is likewise impossible to guarantee that a workplace is completely free from the threat of violence. However, employers can take certain measures to recognize, identify and eliminate risks as much as possible.

Common violent and disturbing behaviors in the workplace

According to information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence could be a bigger threat than people realize. In fact, violence is the fourth most common reason for fatalities in the workplace in the United States. Workplace violence often includes some of the following behaviors:

  • Physical violence
  • Harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Intimidation
  • Threats or other disruptive behaviors

Violence does not always have to be physical, but verbal abuse, promises of assault and other inappropriate forms of behavior can quickly escalate into a physical incident. This has no place in any office or other types of workplace.

Who is most vulnerable?

Anyone could be the victim of a type of workplace violence, but there are some types of jobs that may be at a higher risk than others. Individuals who work in the following types of jobs most often make reports of workplace violence:

  • Public service workers
  • Customer service representatives
  • Law enforcement
  • Health care providers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Individuals who work alone or with a small group

By taking the appropriate precautions, it may be possible to limit the threat of injury or emotional trauma caused by workplace violence. One example of this is by enacting a zero-tolerance policy regarding inappropriate behavior from both workers and visitors to the property.

What should I do if I am a victim?

If you suffered any type of injury or trauma related to your job, even an unexpected violent incident, you may have a valid claim to workers' compensation benefits. One of the most appropriate steps you can take is to secure legal help in order to determine if you could have grounds to seek this type of financial support.

By working with an experienced lawyer, you can better ensure the protection of your rights and a timely resolution to any potential claim you have to compensation from one or multiple sources.

 

 

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