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Suspect in Shootings at Maryland Business had History of Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The man suspected of killing three of his co-workers and wounding two others at a business in Maryland on October 18, 2017, and then driving to Delaware to shoot a sixth person on the same day, had a history of workplace violence and a long criminal record, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun. Continue reading

Hospital Faces Over $200,000 in OSHA Penalties for Workers Exposed to Workplace Violence

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A behavioral health facility in Massachusetts faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection for workplace violence prevention, according to a news release from OSHA. Continue reading

OSHA Designates Inaugural Safe and Sound Week to Raise Awareness of Workplace Safety and Health Programs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated June 12 to 18, 2017, as the inaugural “Safe + Sound Week” to raise awareness of the value and importance of workplace safety and health programs. More information about Safe + Sound Week is at www.osha.gov/safeandsoundweek/. Continue reading

OSHA Electronic Accident Reporting Rule Could Affect Post-Injury Drug Testing by Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule in the Federal Register requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they must keep under existing OSHA regulations. The rule also states that “OSHA believes the evidence in the rulemaking record shows that blanket post-injury drug testing policies deter proper reporting.” Continue reading

On-Air Shooting of Journalists a Tragic Case of Workplace Violence

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The tragic shooting deaths of two journalists during a live on-air broadcast who worked for WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia by a former colleague who was fired from his job is an example of “the widespread prevalence of workplace violence,” according to a CNN Political Commentary posted on the WDBJ7.com website. Continue reading

OSHA Releases Update to Preventing Workplace Violence Guidelines

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers that highlights the most effective ways to reduce the risk of violence in various healthcare and social service settings. The complete report from OSHA is available at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3148.pdf. Continue reading

Workers Memorial Day Observed on April 28

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Workers Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28 and honors workers who have died on the job or who experienced hazardous exposures at work. The day is also a chance to recommit to safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. The date April 28 is also the day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was officially formed in 1971. For more information about events on Workers Memorial Day 2015, visit https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker_memorial_2015.html. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Accounts for Nearly One in Every Five Fatal Work Injuries in US

Preliminary statistics from the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that nearly one in every five fatal work injuries was attributed not to accidents but to workplace violence. The CFOI found that of the 4,609 total fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2011, 780 fatalities – or nearly 17 percent – were a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals. For more information about the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), visit: http://stats.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm#2011. Continue reading

Revised 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Shows One Out of Ten Workplace Deaths Attributed to Homicide

According to the revised numbers reflecting updates to the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the final count of fatal work injuries in the United States in 2010 was 4,690, up from the preliminary count of 4,547, with 518 of those deaths, up from  506, caused by workplace homicides. These figures mean approximately 11 percent of workplace deaths – more than one out of ten – were attributed to homicide. The revised 2010 CFOI of April 2012 for the preliminary results in August 2011 is available at: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_revised10.pdf. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Research Shows Increase in Homicides Committed by Work Associates

A new report “Violence in the Workplace” by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) shows that while work-related homicides and injuries due to workplace assaults remain well below levels observed in the mid-1990s, homicides committed by “work associates” – a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category made up of both coworkers and customers – have increased. To view the complete report, visit: https://www.ncci.com/documents/Workplace_Research.pdf. Continue reading