You do important work as a security guard. Your job is to keep people and buildings safe from harm. The property owner who employs you has a responsibility to keep you safe so you can do your job properly. Unfortunately, you face a risk of injury as a security officer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, security guards suffered 3,560 workplace injuries in 2016. Here are some occupational safety issues facing security guards.
You have a significant risk of slipping, tripping and falling when you work as a security guard. Your job requires you to stand and walk on a variety of surfaces for long durations of time. Lack of maintenance, uneven sidewalks and inadequate lighting are some causes of slip, trip and fall accidents. The property owner should ensure these surfaces are safe. He or she should place warning signs and conduct a quick repair whenever hazardous situations arise.
2. Motor vehicle accidents
During your shifts, you may respond to emergencies or calls for assistance. You may drive some type of vehicle as part of your job, such as a car, golf cart or motorbike. When you are driving on patrol, assessing suspicious activity or responding to an emergency, you may suffer an injury in a motor vehicle crash.
3. Acts of violence
One of the unique on-the-job risks you face is assault. As a security guard, criminals may attack you, either when you are apprehending them or as an attempt to break into the property you are protecting. The BLS says assaults cause the majority of deadly security guard injuries. Physical attacks are more likely to occur at night, specifically between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
Workplace hazards may cause you to experience an injury, illness or death. If you get hurt while working as a security guard, it may be possible for you to file a workers' compensation claim.