Half of employers with 1,000 employees or more in the United States had an incident of workplace violence in 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in a study conducted for NIOSH.
survey asked whether an incident of workplace violence had occurred during the
past year and, if so, how the incident had affected the staff and had the
employer implemented changes to reduce the risk of further incidence.
5 percent of all establishments, including state and local governments, had a
violent incident, half of the largest establishments (employing 1,000 or more
workers) reported an incident.
than 34 percent of employers with 1,000 or more workers said they had a
co-worker incident within the 12 months before completing the survey. More than
28 percent of large employers said they had a customer or client incident. More
than 24 percent said they had a domestic violence incident. And more than 17
percent said they had a criminal incident.
all establishments reporting an incident of workplace violence in the previous
12 months, 21 percent reported that the incident affected the fear level of
their employees, and 21 percent indicated that the incident affected their
According to Business & Legal Reports, over
70 percent of United States workplaces have no formal program or policy that
addresses workplace violence.