Virginia Beach Office Shooter Resigned on Day of Attack in Latest Case of Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A veteran city engineer who shot and killed 12 people at an office in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked for years “resigned the morning of the attack” in the latest case of workplace violence that has plagued employers and employees in the recent past, according to …

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SHRM Research Reveals Nearly Half of HR Professionals Experienced Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – the world’s largest HR professional society representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries – has released research that reveals nearly half of surveyed HR professionals (48 percent) said their organization had at some point experienced workplace violence.

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Safe Hiring Expert Explains Why Background Check of Aurora Shooter Did Not Reveal Past Conviction

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn That fact that a past felony conviction was not revealed during the pre-employment background check of an employee who fatally shot five co-workers at his Aurora, Illinois, workplace while being fired from his job “might be perplexing – or even shocking to some – but not to …

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Aurora Warehouse Shooting Highlights Dangers HR Professionals Face from Workplace Violence

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 15, 2019, five employees were shot and killed at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois by a worker who was being fired, an incident highlighting the dangers Human Resource (HR) professionals can face from workplace violence, according to an article from the Society for Human Resource …

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More than 5K Fatal Workplace injuries occured in US in 2016.

More than 5,000 Fatal Workplace Injuries Occurred in United States in 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) has revealed a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2016 – a 7 percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015 – resulting in the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities …

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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 …

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Employers Must Learn How to Handle Employees with Extreme or Unpopular Political Views

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 that left one person dead, several people injured, and some participants fired from their jobs as a result has brought to light “the question of how employers should handle the employment of workers who may hold extreme, unpopular, or …

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

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.

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Survey Reveals Nearly One in Five American Workers Face Hostile or Threatening Social Environment at Work

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A “disturbingly high” number of American workers – nearly one in five – face a hostile or threatening social environment at work, according to the latest American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS) that revealed the American workplace can be “very physically and emotionally taxing” for many workers.

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Workplace Safety Index Finds One Billion Dollars Spent Each Week on Injuries in U.S. Workplaces

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index produced by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has found more than $1 billion is spent each week on serious but non-fatal injuries in workplaces in the United States. The Workplace Safety Index ranks the top ten causes …

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