Workplace violence is a problem, no matter where you work.
The IAM Health and Safety Department recently conducted the 2019 workplace violence survey. The survey identified trends that our members face on the job. Workplace violence may result in physical injury and can lead to medical treatment, missed work, stress and/or decreased productivity.
One Hundred percent of survey participants experienced a violent incident, assault and/ or threatening behavior at work. This increased from seventy one percent in our 2018 survey. Verbal and emotional assaults are the most prevalent issues that our brothers and sisters have encountered in the workplace.
Seventy- nine percent of survey participants experienced a verbal assault along with sixty-eight percent of the survey participants experiencing emotional assault. It was also reported that the severity of the incident would impact whether workers reported a violent incident, assault and/ or threatening behavior at work, while fifty-six percent of them indicated that the fear of retaliation prevented them from reporting.
Similar to last year’s survey results the shocking statistic was that over half of the survey participants reported no action was taken by the employer, even though a majority of employers have programs in place to prevent workplace violence.
The top two groups that responded to the survey were aerospace and/ or SCA members, followed by railroad members.
Survey comments describing incidents that our members faced were appalling; ranging from harassment, bullying, stalking, to unwanted touching, and aggressive and hostile management. This behavior is unacceptable and needs to be addressed and immediately stopped, without the fear of retaliation from the employer or coworkers. IAM CREST encourages all members that are experiencing workplace violence to contact your local representative and follow the employer’s process and policy to immediately report the incident. IAM CREST is available to provide additional training for joint labor- management health and safety committees to address these serious issues in the workplace.
We encourages all members to participate in future confidential workplace violence surveys to help us identify and understand the scope of the problem that IAMAW members face on the job when it comes to addressing this serious issue.
The IAMAW is committed to making workplaces safe and removing the apprehension that our members face on the job. The IAMAW Health and Safety Department is committed to assisting IAMAW members in addressing workplace violence.
2019 Workplace Violence Survey Data Click here to view the entire workplace violence survey results.