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Five Fast Statistics on Workplace Violence

While workplace violence can and does erupt anywhere at anytime, were you aware:


  • The risk of fatal workplace violence is greatest for workers in sales, protective service and transportation..

  • The risk of non-fatal workplace violence is greatest for healthcare and social assistance workers.

  • Workers between the ages of 25 to 54 are at greatest risk of occupational death.

  • 82% of all employees who died while on the job are male.

  • Workplace violence can manifest in physical and psychological injuries.

Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH) https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/default.html


NIOSH defines workplace violence as: "the act or threat of violence ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty."


One of the best strategies for employers to reduce workplace violence is to avoid hiring workers who have the tendency to become violent in the first place. Please watch the following brief video for tips on how to mitigate the risk of "mis-hires."