Updated September 17, 2015 | By Scott Moore, JD of EMS Resource Advisors Late last month, a reporter and a cameraman were murdered by a terminated coworker while on-air taping a segment for a morning television show. Often when we think about workplace violence, we envision violent acts committed at random by outsiders. The unfortunate reality is that some of the greatest risk of workplace violence stems not from strangers, but from our own coworkers and employees. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 2 million US workers are the victims of workplace violence every year[i]. While ambulance providers are frequently the responders to these incidents, they are themselves at great risk of injury.   EMS World had a great article in 2012 that identified “the relative risk of violence upon EMS workers is up to 30 times higher than the national average”.[ii] While EMS agencies regularly train their providers to assess scene safety before and during the care of a patient, of increasing concern is the risk to our employees once they return to the station. For many of us in EMS management, there have been instances during our careers when we have had to effectively manage employees…

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