Despite employer safeguards for workers while they are on the job, workers can play a large role in keeping themselves safe. They should always be aware of their surroundings and notify their supervisors or authorities if they feel that something is out of the ordinary. For instance, a postal worker who thinks that he or she is being followed while on his or her route should call police when it is safe to do so.
In the event of a robbery at work, it is critical to let the robber feel that he or she is in control. Workers should comply with all demands and hand over anything that the thief wants regardless of its monetary value. Complying with such demands increases the odds that an employee will survive the incident. After the thief leaves, the victim can call a supervisor or police to report the event.
If a suspicious person is seen at an office building or any other work site, it is critical that the person is reported immediately. Most homicides are committed by those who are not employees of the company. Once a person commits to carrying out an illegal act, he or she may resort to violence to establish control or to compel others to comply. Therefore, suspicious individuals should be reported even if there is no perceived threat of danger.
Employees who are injured on the job may wish to talk to an attorney in order to determine the types of recourse that may be available. In many cases, the victim may be eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that can include the provision of necessary medical care and treatment.