According to Bureau of Labor Statistics homicide is the 4th leading cause of workplace fatality in the U.S. It has been in the top four for over 20 years.
“Workplace violence costs employers more than $120 billion a year.”
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause employers are required to provide a safe work environment for employees that is free of known hazards. Workplace violence is a recognized hazard.
Employers who do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate a recognized violence hazard in the workplace can be cited.
“Lawsuits in the area have been impacting cost substantially. The average out-of-court settlement for this type of litigation approaches $500,000.00 and the average jury award of $3 million.”
- Bonnie J. Campbell and Marcy L. Karin, “Beyond “Going Postal”: Responding to
Everyday Violence in the Workplace,”
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