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 …Continue reading "Aurora Warehouse Shooting Highlights Dangers HR Professionals Face from Workplace Violence"
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 …Continue reading "More than 5,000 Fatal Workplace Injuries Occurred in United States in 2016"
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 …Continue reading "Suspect in Shootings at Maryland Business had History of Workplace Violence"
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 …Continue reading "Employers Must Learn How to Handle Employees with Extreme or Unpopular Political Views"
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 "Hospital Faces Over $200,000 in OSHA Penalties for Workers Exposed to Workplace Violence"
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 "Survey Reveals Nearly One in Five American Workers Face Hostile or Threatening Social Environment at Work"
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 …Continue reading "Workplace Safety Index Finds One Billion Dollars Spent Each Week on Injuries in U.S. Workplaces"
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 …Continue reading "Jury Awards Over $1 Million in Negligent Hiring Lawsuit Involving Workplace Violence"
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 "Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise"
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 …Continue reading "On-Air Shooting of Journalists a Tragic Case of Workplace Violence"