A recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine reports that being angry more than quadruples a person’s odds of being injured, and being hostile increases those odds sixfold. Not surprisingly, the study also reports that being angry at work increased the odds of a workplace injury occurring.

Additionally, men are at more risk to sustain an injury while angry than women. The results from the study add to a growing body of research about the health risks of being angry. For example, according to a recent USA Today report, multiple studies report that anger can trigger coronary heart disease and heart attacks.

There are steps companies can take to diffuse potentially anger-inducing situations, Circadian Technologies reports. These steps include:

  • Open up lines of communication for employees to make suggestions to management. This helps management to be aware of any issues that may be troubling employees and address them.
  • Offer stress management classes. These classes can teach people responsible and healthy ways to manage with stress.