Record Year for Workplace Violence in 2009
March 17, 2010
The state of Washington has had a record year that it hopes not to ever repeat again. Deaths that resulted from workplace violence instances were at their highest level in decades with 13 on-the-job homicides and 7 suicides. KPBJ.com reports, “In addition to the slayings last year of six law enforcement offices, others who died as a result of workplace violence included clerks in the retail business, a taxi driver, a musician and an armored car driver. ‘While deaths involving criminal activity may seem particularly hard to avoid, certain measures can reduce the risk that employees will become victims of violence in the workplace,’ said Michael Silverstein, assistant director of the Department’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.”
Could employment background checks have prevented even a portion of these incidents? Experts such as Seyfarth Shaw attorney, Mark Lies, Perspectives Ltd. CEO, Bernie Dyme and National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence’s Barry Nixon all suggested in EmployeeScreenIQ’s January Webinar on Workplace Violence that employment screening is one of the major keys to prevention.
Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more incidents of workplace violence around the country. Since the deep recession has hit, people are more stressed out both at home and at work. This stress is most certainly manifesting itself in the form of workplace incidents whether physical or mental.
For more information about this topic and suggestions for prevention, check out our recent white paper, “Protecting Your Employees From Workplace Violence”.