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New Violence in the Workplace Fact Sheet Emphasizes Prevention

November 12, 2012
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The National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. has released its 2013 Workplace Violence Fact Sheet, a repository of information, statistics and charts on workplace violence presented to give Human Resources, Threat Management, Security, Risk Management and Operational Managers current information on workplace violence.

W. Barry Nixon, Founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. stated “We thought the time was right to release our new fact sheet on workplace violence to ensure that those on the frontline of addressing workplace violence had current information to assist them in their planning efforts. We believe that knowledge and information are the fuel that drive effective decision making and it is our intent to provide organizations of all types with a reliable source for valuable information on violence prevention.” 

Preventing workplace violence is a multi-disciplinary issue that most Human Resource professionals share with Security. Security Magazine recently reported that workplace violence was one of the key topics of interest in its Security 500 reports, which includes input many of the top security directors in the country.

With data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Justice, National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), NCCI Research and more, the 2013 Workplace Violence Fact Sheetprovides a detailed look at violence in the American workplace through statistics, charts and legal issues associated with workplace violence. This years’ edition also includes an expanded section on domestic violence and the financial aspects of workplace violence.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Workplace homicides and other violent acts are the second leading cause of death for women at work
  • For the first 10 years of the 21st century, an average of 558 work-related homicides occurred annually in the U.S.
  • Workplace suicides rose to an all-time high of 270 incidents in 2010.

NON-FATAL ASSAULTS:

  • Estimated more than half million incidents reported each year
  • Most often occur in nursing homes, social services, hospitals and late-night convenient stores

THE FINANCIAL IMPACT:

  • Workplace violence costs an estimated $121 billion a year nationwide
  • Non-fatal assaults alone result in more than 876,000 lost workdays and $16 million in lost wages
  • Subsequent costs could include lost productivity, counseling, contract/sales losses, cleaning and refurbishing, increased insurance costs, lawsuits/settlements, and more

“PREVENTION, OUTWEIGHS REACTIONTM”
Reacting to a serious incident of workplace violence is actually 100 times more expensive than taking pro-active measures to prevent the incident from occurring. Employers may be liable for negligent hiring or retention if an incident occurs and the employer failed to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to individuals. The average settlements cost for negligence lawsuits are $1 million (and some with verdicts as high as $40 million).

To download a complimentary copy of the 2013 Workplace Violence Fact Sheet, go to  www.workplaceviolence911.com.

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