Security companies hired by employers can be liable for personal injuries and wrongful deaths caused by their negligence. There are many ways a security company can be negligent. These include negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent supervision, and negligent retention of employees. Individuals who are injured or survivors of those who are killed may be able to pursue lawsuits against the vendor and workers’ compensation claims against the employer.
Employer Liability for Workplace Violence
Workplace violence is a growing problem in the United States. Employers have a duty of care to their employees to protect them against the actions of customers, vendors, and disgruntled employees. In this regard, there are many types of negligence that an employer may be liable for, including:
- Failing to properly secure and maintain door locks, windows, and other points of entry.
- Failing to install, maintain, and monitor security cameras and security alarms.
- Failing to properly illuminate stairwells, entry points, parking lots, hallways, etc.
- Failing to properly screen and conduct background checks on new employees.
- Failing to investigate and pursue complaints about dangerous employee behavior or threats made by an employee, customer, or vendor.
These failures constitute significant breaches of security on the part of an employer. When employers fail to properly secure the workplace and protect employees from harm caused by violence, fire, etc., they may be liable for negligent security claims. In such instances, workers can bypass filing a workers’ compensation claim in Nevada and sue the employer for their negligent actions.
Security Company Liability for Workplace Violence
Many employers outsource security services to outside vendors who are responsible for providing physical security of the premises against the threat of workplace violence. These entities are responsible for the installation, monitoring, and maintenance of security cameras, security alarms, etc. Security vendors are required to acquire and maintain the appropriate licensure for operating as a security provider in the state. They are also required to properly screen employees and ensure that they are properly trained to provide security services.
In order to pursue a lawsuit against the security provider, it is essential for a plaintiff to establish the following:
- The security provider owed a duty to protect the injured worker from harm.
- The security provider breached this duty.
- The security provider’s negligence directly resulted in the worker’s injury.
- The injury was preventable and would not have occurred had the security provider properly performed their duties and contracted functions.