WHAT IS DUTY OF CARE?
Duty of Care is a requirement that a business, organization, or corporation act toward employees with the watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would use. If an organization’s actions do not meet this standard of care, then the acts are considered negligent, and any damages resulting may be claimed in a lawsuit for negligence.
OSHA’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their workers with a workplace free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Between 2011 and 2013, workplace assaults ranged from 23,540 and 25,630 annually, with 70 to 74% occurring in healthcare and social service settings.
In today’s world, most individuals over age 12 carry a mobile device. This has created a false sense of security with the ability to call 911 or download a safety app, but that is not the reality.
The Reality of Personal Safety in the US with Current Solutions
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Long Term Societal changes created by covid-19 crisis
The coronavirus has the potential to profoundly change societal norms and how individuals, organizations and governments perceive personal safety!
- Increased anxiety & anxiousness
- Americans will become more aware of vulnerabilities – Yes .. It Can Happen to me
- Increase in Lone Workers Enterprises choose to work remotely.
- Individual loss of innocence, or complacency
- Healthier/Safer digital lifestyle – use devices to rethink and create community
- American will not want to navigate crisis without a safety net
- Police pulling back on arrests for low-level crimes, like burglaries drug etc.
Pandemic fuels increase domestic violence
The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be disastrous for people in abusive relationships; abusers become aggravated by mounting financial pressure and stress.
Domestic Violence 911 Calls Increasing due to Coronavirus
- 13 Major USA metropolitan areas have reported double digit increases in March
- Seattle has received 22 percent more domestic violence calls in the first two weeks of March
- San Antonio reported a 21 percent increase in family violence calls, during the first three weeks.
- Charlotte-Mecklenberg reported a 16% increase in domestic violence calls in March
Historical Evidence demonstrates Increases Domestic Abuse during recessions
- Greece reported a 53.9% increase in family violence in 2011 from before 2008 financial crisis
- Alberta had a 22% increase in domestic violence in 2016 with the loss 1’000’s of oil/mining jobs
- Great Recession from 2007 to 2009.
- Mothers saw a rise in intimate partner violence during the Great Recession
- Mothers who experienced financial losses had even higher chances of being a victim
- As men feel more anxious about financial security, they become more likely to increase control over their partners, which can lead to abuse
crime increases significantly during poor economic conditions
Lower economic status, specifically higher unemployment leads to higher crime rates, both property and crime.
- Violent crime rates rose during the Depression – in 1933, the homicide rate hit a high for the century at 9.7 per 100,000 people.
- Crime has increased during every recession since the late 1950s, Of the 100 agencies who linked crime rises to the economic crisis, 39 percent said they had seen an increase in robberies, 32 percent an uptick in burglaries and 40 percent an increase in thefts from vehicles.
- A 1% increase in unemployment can increase property crime by around 1.1 to 1.8 percent, although it has no significant impact on violent crime.
- Cities in the United States with the highest crime rates all have a population below poverty rate higher than the U.S. average of 15.1%. Detroit has the highest reported violent crime rate of 2,072/100,000 people, with 38.1% of their population living below the poverty line.
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