Wrapping up Workplace Violence: Facts and Statistics, here is the conclusion to this three-part blog dedicated to highlighting the prominence and problem of workplace violence in the U.S.
While the first and second parts of this blog were focused on presenting workplace violence statistics and risk factors (respectively), below, we will take a closer look at what employers can do to minimize the possibility of workplace violence erupting and, consequently, do their part to make the working environment as safe as possible.
Workplace Violence Prevention: Reducing the Risk of Violence in the Workplace
Given the severity of the problem and the deadly dangers associated with workplace violence, it’s critical that employers take measures to prevent such incidents from occurring. To this end, health and safety experts recommend that employers:
- Establish a Zero Tolerance policy that covers all employees, clients, contractors and anyone else who may be involved with the business’ staff – This policy should essentially outline specific recourse for even the slightest acts of workplace violence (including threats of violence), and it needs to be consistently enforced so that staff take it seriously.
- Assess their workplaces for any issues and/or situations that have the potential to give rise to workplace violence – With this prevention measure, once employers have identified specific risks for workplace violence, they should then take measures to address, mitigate and minimize those risks.
- Train their staff how to identify the warning signs of workplace violence, how to properly and safely respond to them and how to properly report them so management can take the appropriate actions.
The bottom line is that workplace violence is a serious threat and that all workers have the right to expect that their work environment is a safe place for them to perform their jobs.
Colorado Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick
If you have been the victim of workplace violence (or have sustained any workplace injury) and are considering (or in the process of) filing a workers’ compensation claim, you cannot rely upon your employer or insurance companies to look out for your best interests. In fact, both your employer and insurance companies will be more focused on their own bottom lines instead of your current and future wellbeing. This can make the system adversarial for injured workers and potentially even put them in situations in which their legitimate workers’ compensation claims are undercut or even flat-out denied.
In such cases, it’s essential that injured workers contact the Colorado workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Office of Michael P. Dominick. Our legal professionals are experienced at going up against corporate lawyers and insurance companies, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to securing our Clients the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and financial losses. For a thorough evaluation of your case, along with expert advice on the best manner in which to move forward, call us at (303) 447-2644.