April 28, 2009

Estimated costs

The financial cost of violence, like other injuries, includes lost work-time, medical care cost, costs of replacing staff who leave their positions after an assault incident, and indemnity components. From a study in a cost of work-related physical assaults in Minnesota, in 1992, the total costs were estimated at $5,885,448 (1996 dollars) for 344 non-fatal work-related assaults. 11 Special education teachers had assault injury rates of 27.2 per 100,000 employees, with an average cost of $4,888 per case. Secondary teachers and elementary teachers had assault injury rates of 9.9 and 8.0 per 100,000 employees, respectively, with average costs of $ 6,483 and $16,062 per case. 11

As identified on the OSHA Safety Pays Program website, the estimated direct cost for mental stress per injured person was $ 27,004, with an indirect cost of $29,704 (under 3% profit margin). In addition, the estimated direct cost for mental disorder per injured person was $ 37,420, and the indirect cost, $41,162 (under 3% profit margin).12

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