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Violent Incidents in UK Workplaces for 2012

Graham Marshall - Saturday, March 30, 2013

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) report on the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) that the number of violent incidents occurring at work shows a downward trend over the last decade.

But the number of violent incidents has remained fairly constant over the last four years.

Findings from the CSEW illustrate that in 2011 - 12 there were 643,000 incidents of work related violence estimated in England and Wales.

Of these incidents, 324,000 were classified as assaults and 319,000 were classified as threats.

The CSEW demonstrates that the risk of being a victim of work related violence are low for both men and women.

But 41 per cent of victims were assaulted or threatened twice or more in 2011 -12.

The occupations with the highest risks of experiencing work related violence were those involved in protective services, health and education.

A substantial proportion (40%) of offenders were known to victims of violence in the workplace.

Alcohol and drug use remain a factor in many incidents.

And whilst in the majority of cases no injuries are sustained, in 12 per cent of cases, physical trauma is indicated with possibly serious physical and psychological consequences for the individual involved.

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