by Kali T. Wellington, Esq.
According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12% of assailants in fatal workplace shootings are co-workers or former co-workers.
A year ago, a Kraft Foods baking plant in Northeast Philadelphia encounteredfirsthand. In September 2010, an employee was suspended following an incident with fellow co-workers. The employee was escorted off the premises. Then he returned with a gun, killing two co-workers and wounding a third.
Sadly, violence can strike any workplace. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognize the signs of potential trouble and have protocols in place to prevent a potentially tragic situation. That’s often easier said than done.
In hindsight, it’s often easy to recognize the warning signs in an employee’s off-hand comment or strange behavior. But at the time, those words or deeds may have seemed innocuous.
Plus, efforts to ...(register to read more)
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