Workplace violence is the number four leading cause of workers' injuries in the United States, and with a 2006 law on the books for New York public workers, it's clearly a burgeoning issue with many options to reduce workplace violence.
The number of different types of violence can make it difficult to minimize risk factors. After all, they can come from criminals, customers or clients, a co-worker or even a relative or friend of an employee. But an effective security program is one of the New York State Department of Labor's key needs for public companies, and is worth taking a look at in the private sector.
Recording incidents is a good starting place for a number of risk factors leading to employees seeking New York workers' compensation benefits, even if the incidents don't involve actual attacks. For example, patterns of abuse could help outline a need to change an employer policy or modify shifts in one department.
Externally, New York workers should expect their employers to create a safe environment for them to work, including separating money-holding devices with large quantities of bills from late-night shift workers and creating barriers or safe areas in the event of a criminal or personal attack that could lead to workers' families seeking workers' compensation death benefits. These workers, as well as any who have a public-facing role, benefit from notification systems that alert others of an attack.
Report after report shows that workplace violence is a problem that affects many in New York state. If you've been injured due to an attack and are considering pursing a New York state workers' compensation claim, legal advice from a qualified attorney like one from the team at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. could help you through the process.