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Workplace Violence

Posted On: November 21, 2018

Workplace Violence 

Employees may experience physical injury and/or psychological trauma due to workplace violence, such as assault. According to OSHA, approximately 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year.[1] Certain professions have a higher risk of workplace violence, including police and corrections officers, healthcare workers, social workers, taxi and delivery drivers, and late-night retail workers (e.g. gas station attendants). 

Workplace violence includes not only physical violence, but also the threat of physical violence, harassment or intimidation. 

Workplace violence is divided into 4 categories based on the relationship of the assailant to the victim:

  • Criminal intent: “violent acts by people who enter the workplace to commit robbery or other crime – or current or former employee who enters the workplace with the intent to commit a crime.”
  • Customer, client and patient: “violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates or any others to whom the employer provides a service.”
  • Co-worker: “violence against co-workers, supervisors, or managers by a current or former employee, supervisor, or manager.”
  • Personal: “violence in the workplace by someone who does not work there, but who is known to, or has a personal relationships with, an employee.”[2]

 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim. 

[1] https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/


[2] OSHA, Workplace Violence Prevention, https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy10/sh-20865-10/08_workplace_violence_2012.ppt

 

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Falls at Work

Posted On: November 07, 2018

Falls at Work 

Same-Level Falls are the second most common workers’ compensation claim in New York, according to Liberty Mutual’s 2017 Workplace Safety Index.[1] 

Examples of a same-level fall include: an employee falling on ice or another slippery surface such as a soapy floor, tripping on a computer wire, falling due to an uneven working surface, or being knocked to the floor by a piece of equipment. No matter how an employee sustained a fall, he/she is entitled to benefits as long as the incident occurred on the job. 

The fall can occur anywhere from an office to the sidewalk to a roof. These falls can result in concussion; fractures; broken bones; cuts, abrasions and bruises; shoulder, neck, head, back, knee, and internal organ injuries. 

Falls to a lower level are a leading cause of work-related injuries. These injuries can occur when a worker falls off scaffolding or a ladder, or down stairs. These falls can cause cuts, bruises, abrasions, sprains and broken bones, and concussions. Construction and maintenance workers are at particularly high risk for falls from heights.

[1] https://www.libertymutualgroup.com/about-liberty-mutual-site/news-site/Pages/2017-Liberty-Mutual-Workplace-Safety-Index.aspx

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