Tag Archives: Workplace Violence

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

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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 controversial political views,” according to an article from Talent Economy. 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

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

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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. Continue reading

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

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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 of disabling work-related injuries and their direct costs. Continue reading

Jury Awards Over $1 Million in Negligent Hiring Lawsuit Involving Workplace Violence

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A jury in Texas has awarded more than $1 million in a negligent hiring lawsuit filed against a company on behalf of an employee and war hero who was killed on the job by a co-worker that claimed the company knowingly providing an unsafe workplace for employees, according to a report from The Orange Leader. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Although the number of deaths related to workplace violence by co-workers remains relatively small, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows this type of workplace violence incident is rising nationwide, according to the article ‘Active shooters at work on rise’ on the Houston Chronicle website. 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

NFL Expands Background Checks for Draft

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Football League (NFL) conducted background checks on all top college players in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft taking place April 30th to May 2nd in Chicago, IL, and every team in the league was given the information uncovered in those screenings, according to an article on NFL.com. 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