Workplace violence is common throughout the United States, but violence against nurses is often far from public discourse. Nurses and other health care workers are often seen as having the upper hand because they control medical care and work in busy offices or hospitals. However, workplace violence for nurses is very real. Violence against nurses can be prevented if you understand how it occurs, how state and federal agencies handle workplace violence, and how to educate your staff in the hopes of prevention.
Since workplace violence involves a victim’s employer, any injuries and subsequent recovery expenses are covered under the employer’s Workers’ Compensation policy.
Pennsylvania offers guidelines to help prevent workplace violence. The state of Pennsylvania can investigate crimes committed in the workplace, but they often defer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when fining or sanctioning offending businesses.
For example, a home health agency in York, Pennsylvania was fined heavily by OSHA after it failed to take reports of sexual violence by one of its clients seriously. A home health care aide was assaulted in the offending client’s home, and OSHA penalized the business for not managing the threat properly.
State law, however, broadly requires businesses to provide a safe and healthy environment for employees and customers. If a business in Pennsylvania needs guidance, it can refer to the state’s guidelines for implementing an employee violence prevention program. While it is not mandatory, a workplace violence prevention class and yearly refresher should be implemented as soon as possible.
If violence occurs, nurses or other employees should be allowed to file a Workers’ Compensation claim for their injuries and recovery. Furthermore, the business should repeat the steps listed above to help prevent workplace violence in the future.
Workplace violence is a serious matter and can lead to injuries. Contact one of our skilled Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP if you believe your injuries were caused due to workplace violence. Call us at 267-589-0090 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.
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