Corizon Health Inc. provides medical, dental and psychiatric services to inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Due to the harsh environment, employees who worked at the facility were regularly threatened and even physically assaulted by inmates.
From 2011 to 2013, violent incidents against Corizon employees rose from eight to 39. An inmate locked one worker in a cell, and some prisoners even circulated a “hit list” of Corizon employees marked for attack.
After receiving a complaint about workplace conditions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Corizon’s safety practices. OSHA’s inspectors determined that Corizon had knowingly failed to provide adequate protection from workplace assault and fined them $70,000.
Six more employees were the target of workplace violence during the three-month investigation. After so many violent incidents, Corizon willfully and repeatedly endangered its employees’ health by sending them into dangerous situations without the proper training.
What Should I Do After a Fight in the Workplace?
After a violent incident, employers should render first aid before filing any reports. The victim, as well as any witnesses, should be “debriefed” and their version of events recorded.
In addition to the physical injuries, employees can also suffer a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of an assault. A traumatized employee may require time off, even long-term therapy to fully recover.
Between 2013 and 2014, Corizon’s employees lost more than 280 workdays due to workplace violence, costing the company in paid leave and lost productivity. An effective violence prevention program would help workers feel safe and keep them coming in to work.
Between the lost wages and the OSHA fines, Corizon will pay dearly for its oversight. Research has proven that keeping workers safe and addressing hazards immediately is the most effective way to manage a workplace, but some employers would still rather cut corners.
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[Did You Know: Employees on leave after a violent workplace confrontation account for $55 million dollars in lost wages every year.]
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