Less violence at work

The
number of people experiencing violence at work has fallen by 27 per cent since
1999, according to the British Crime Survey.

In
a third of incidents of violence at work, victims said that the offender was
under the influence of alcohol.

The
report also shows that approximately 376,000 workers had experienced at least
one violent incident at work.

Workers
on the frontline such as healthcare staff and police officers were most at
risk, while science and technology workers were least likely to be attacked.

Home
Office minister Hazel Blears said: "Employers have a responsibility to
ensure that staff are trained to deal with workplace violence.

She
said employers should "offer support and advice to employees who have been
victims of crime and ensure that violence at work is dealt with
effectively".

By Michael Millar

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