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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Dec;54(12):1533-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31826e2928.

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

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Department of Epidemiology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVa 26505, USA.

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.

PMID:
23138043
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31826e2928
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