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Workplace Violence is the Third Leading Cause of Occupational Death in the United States

Workplace violence leads to nothing positive in America's workplaces, and efforts should be taken to proactively eradicate it.

By way of example:

Were you aware that workplace violence is the third leading cause of occupational death in this country according to the Occupational Safety and Health Admnistration (OSHA)?

OSHA, a federal agency of the United States Department of Labor, defines workplace violence broadly, finding that:

"Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation,

or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from

threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide."

Pursuant to this definition, therefore, workplace violence may manifest itself in physical conduct such as "assaults" as well as non-physical behavior such as "threats."

Also according to OSHA, workplace violence can involve and affect not only employees, but clients, customers and visitors to the workplace. Therefore, a member of one of these four groups could be a perpetrator of workplace violence while another could be a victim.

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