North Carolina’s Sampson Country is just one area that is determined to make sure that all government workers feel safe in their 9-to-5 positions. According to The Sampson Independent, 250 employees of country-owned and operated facilities expressed concern about violence in the workplace.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that nearly 17 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2011 were the result of workplace violence.
The proposed penalties total $104,100 and include one willful violation, where employees were exposed to workplace violence and the facility failed to take adequate measures to reduce violence after a December 2011 investigation.
Simple tabletop exercises can help individuals better plan and prepare for an emergency situation
Catalyzed by statistics that found incidents of workplace violence to be higher in state and local governments as opposed to private-sector organizations, the researchers determined that all federal government organizations are equally at risk for a violent incident.
According to Brent O’Bryan of AlliedBarton’s Learning & Development department, nearly two million Americans’ lives are impacted by a workplace violence incident, and that the awareness and education fostered through similar seminars can serve to lower that statistic.
All too often, business officials may only associate the concept of workplace violence with a disgruntled employee being pushed to a critical tipping point at which point his or her frustration boils over into a violent incident.
Business officials must understand that the safety of their employees is of paramount importance and as such, they must be willing to take the time to update business continuity plans to address workplace violence preparedness.
It may be surprising to note that nursing homes have the highest rates of workplace violence in the country.
Bullying continues to be pervasive even as children grow into adults and enter the workforce.