What types of organizations should be concerned about workplace violence? All of them. Here’s why and what to do about it.

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Commercial Security. Should You Be Concerned About Workplace Violence?

Typically, businesses invest in commercial security to prevent crimes such as theft. More, however, are realizing that commercial security technologies such as video surveillance are important tools in preventing or documenting incidents of workplace violence. While we all realize that workplace violence is a possibility, we want to believe that our own business or workplace is for whatever reason, less likely to have an occurrence. This belief can lead to being less prepared and able to act should there be an incident.


According to the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) workplace violence is defined as:


The act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty.

The impact of workplace violence can range from psychological issues such as harassment and threats to physical injury, or even death. Acts of violence and other injuries is currently the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. Astonishingly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2017, 458 were cases of intentional injury by another person.

What Types of Businesses are At Risk?

Even a casual viewer of the latest headlines will see that any business in any industry, in any area is at risk of workplace violence. However, some industries such as sales, protective services, and transportation are at greater risk of fatal violence, while workers in healthcare and protective services see proportionately more nonfatal violence on a regular basis. 


Risk factors for workplace violence:


  • Working alone or isolated place
  • Working where alcohol is served
  • Jobs where cash is exchanged
  • High crime areas
  • Volatile and unstable people
  • Working late night hours

Preventing Acts of Violence

In most instances where risk factors can be identified, the risk of violence can be prevented or minimized with the right precautions. One of the most important of those precautions is implementing commercial security technologies.


  • Use access control to limit access to protected areas
  • Implement video surveillance to deter acts of crime, monitor behaviors, and identify threats
  • Install intrusion detection systems to protect the premises


Commercial security solutions such as video surveillance provide a powerful deterrence to crime as well as help in identifying risks before problems elevate to an incidence of violence.

For more information about workplace violence visit:


United States Department of Labor




Centers for Disease Control



For more information about commercial security technologies, call Hoffman Security today. Hoffman Security serves the Northern California area with offices in Fresno and Merced.


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