While it is impossible to accurately predict all possible instances of workplace violence, by being proactive, employers can take measures to minimize the risk of such occurrences. A good starting point for all employers when attempting to minimize the risk of workplace violence is to conduct a hazard assessment, and then provide employees with the protective measures needed to eliminate or reduce exposure to potential hazards.
For instance, if employees are required to work outside at any time, and especially during the evening, ensure the property is well-lit and consider installing a surveillance system. These measures can alert employees to a potential source of danger or, at a minimum, capture an incident. Installing alarm systems and signage indicating the premises are under constant surveillance is also a deterrent.