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An examination of strategies for preventing workplace homicides committed by perpetrators that have a prior relationship with the workplace or its employees.

Authors
Gurka-KK; Marshall-SW; Casteel-C; Runyan-CW; Loomis-DP; Richardson-DB
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Dec; 54(12):1533-1538
NIOSHTIC No.
20041968
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether recommended robbery prevention strategies also protect against workplace homicide committed by a perpetrator who has a relationship with either the workplace or an employee (prior-relationship homicide). METHODS: A case-control study examining the relationship between recommended violence prevention strategies and prior-relationship workplace homicides in North Carolina was conducted. RESULTS: Workplaces located in an industrial park, employing minorities, reporting a history of violence, open night hours, or open 24 hours were more likely to experience prior-relationship homicide. Keeping entrances to the workplace locked when employees were present (OR = 0.36, 95% CI: 0.13, 0.99) and having at least one security device (OR = 0.28, 95% CI: 0.10, 0.74) decreased the odds of prior-relationship homicide. CONCLUSIONS: Select strategies recommended to prevent robberies and subsequent violence may also afford protection against prior-relationship homicide.
Keywords
Force; Humans; Men; Women; Etiology; Hazards; Exposure-levels; Case-studies; Sociological-factors; Psychology; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-responses; Workers; Work-environment
Contact
Kelly K. Gurka, MPH, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, Injury Control Research Center,West Virginia University, PO Box 9151, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20121201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
kgurka@hsc.wvu.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008673; B20130124
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WV; NC; CO; NE
Performing Organization
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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