A Brief Note On Federal Government Statistics : Work Factors, Processes And Interactions Put Us At Increased Risk For Violence

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According to federal government statistics: About 700 people a year are murdered on the job. Between 1992 and 2012, there were 14,770 workplace homicide victims. Staggering statistic, I know!

If you are like me, you wonder where are these people working?! According to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) certain work factors, processes and interactions put us at increased risk for violence. Examples include:

Working with the public.
Handling money, valuables or prescription drugs (e.g. cashiers, pharmacists).
Carrying out inspection or enforcement duties (e.g. government employees).
Providing service, care, advice or education (e.g. health care staff, teachers).
Working with unstable or volatile persons (e.g. social services, or criminal justice system employees).
Working in premises where alcohol is served (e.g. food and beverage staff).
Working alone, in small numbers (e.g. store clerks, real estate agents), or in isolated or low traffic areas (e.g. washrooms, storage areas, utility rooms).
Working in community-based settings (e.g. nurses, social workers and other home visitors).
Having a mobile workplace (e.g. taxicab).
Working during periods of intense organizational change (e.g. strikes, downsizing).
Depending on factors such as time of day or geographic location risks for violence in these occupations can very greatly.

Statistically, non-fatal workplace crimes are much more common. In 2009, according to the Bureau of Justice, there were 572,000…
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