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Security guards are at risk for serious workplace injuries

Security guards are at the forefront of creating safe working environments, both in Connecticut and nationwide. They may have simple tasks of scanning workers' bags or checking identification, but they are also gatekeepers protecting office buildings and other places of employment from dangerous hazards. Unfortunately, security guards themselves sometimes are in vulnerable positions that can lead to serious on-the-job injuries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, 63 security guards died due to workplace injuries. This rate of fatal workplace injuries is more than double that of the general working population. Additionally, approximately 8,920 security guards suffered workplace illnesses or injuries that led to them missing a minimum of one day away from work. This rate reflects an injury and illness rate that is consistent with other occupations. The median number of days away from work for nonfatal injuries suffered by security guards was seven days, though when looking specifically at injuries associated with falls, the median number of days missed from work was nine days, and 16 days for incidents involving transportation.

When security guards die on the job, it is commonly due to an assault. Assaults also lead to nonfatal injuries, as do falls on the job. Security guards are often working when no others in their place of employment are working, which means they may be injured at any time of day. Significantly, when the time of injury was recorded, roughly two-thirds of fatal assaults against security guards occurred between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

With security guard employment expected to outpace occupation growth for other jobs in the near future, the continued safety of security guards is paramount. If you or a loved one has been injured while working as a security guard, you may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding available options.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "On guard against workplace hazards," William J. Wiatrowski, accessed April 8, 2016

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