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Physical Violence

Violence—from fights to murder


Violence in the workplace can take on a wide range of forms:


property damage
shoving and pushing
physical assault
fits of anger


Work environments with a higher risk of physical violence


Work with the public
Handling money, medication or valuable objects
Conducting inspections or enforcing rules
Solitary work
Mobile workplaces (taxis, buses, etc.)
Community work
A workplace undergoing organizational changes (strikes, lock-outs, etc.)


The risk of violence can also increase based on the hours of a shift.

However, even in a workplace that is not high risk, violence between two colleagues or between a colleague and a supervisor can still take place.

Being aggressive and displaying violence towards objects rather than towards a colleague can still be considered psychological harassment if the behaviour has an adverse effect on the work atmosphere.

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