August 9, 1999 |
If somebody started to spray your workplace with gunfire, would you know how to increase your survival chances? It's an awful question, but given the history of workplace violence in the 1990s, one that has to be asked, Here's another important question: Would your workplace have seen it coming? Workplace-violence experts were quick to jump on the day trader's rampage in Atlanta and point out his flawed background and all the warning signs. No single incident, even in finely combed retrospect, can provide a blueprint for future action, but here are some tips collected from several safety consultants: For the individual worker: Take a few minutes to think about where you'd duck, where you'd hide, what escape route might be safest and how you'd communicate if a gunman suddenly appeared.
March 4, 2012 |
Three statistics stick in ex-cop William Whitmore's mind - 52 percent of American employees have heard about, seen, or experienced violence on the job. One in three worry about their safety at work. And yet, employees think that the majority of their senior executives don't care. "I think that alone is a call to action," said Whitmore. True, the call that Whitmore might prefer is to his company, AlliedBarton Security Services L.P., based in Conshohocken and one of the nation's largest security firms, with 50,000 employees.
September 29, 1997 |
Think fast. A gunman walks into your office. What do you do? There's a desk to dive under, but where do you put the chair? Once you're under there, can you reach the phone to call police? It may seem like an unlikely scenario, but, say members of the Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force, the workplace is the second most dangerous place, after the home, and the scenario is one that all office managers, supervisors and staff members should be prepared to handle. "Virtually all of us live in some state of denial, that it isn't going to happen to you," said task force chairman William Eastburn 3d. "I assure you that is not the case.
September 22, 1997 |
They can't make you love your job or your boss. But they can help make your office a better place to work. The Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force this Friday will hold its first seminar on how to prevent violence in the workplace. The seminar, to be held in the Bucks County Police Academy Training Center, will feature lectures on the hidden risks of workplace violence, the role of management in setting the stage for workplace violence, how to identify and deal with high-risk employees, and sexual harassment.
August 2, 1999 |
Workplace violence will be the focus of a public meeting Wednesday held by Norristown State Hospital's community advisory group, which has been on hiatus since a deadly June hostage ordeal at the hospital. Penny Dunyan, the group's chairwoman, said the meeting would be an opportunity for people to address any concerns they may have about the hospital and workplace violence - not to get specific answers about the incident in which fired nurse Denis Czajkowski is accused of taking two nursing administrators hostage in Building 2 on June 16. Two days later, state police said, Czajkowski opened fire on Carol Kepner, 54, and Maria Jordan, 37, as state police broke a window to try to see into the room where he was holding the women.
September 11, 2010 |
Workplace violence is as common as water-cooler gossip, with nearly two million incidents - including 600 to 800 homicides - reported nationally. But count only incidents with more than one dead victim and the numbers shrink to just 10 to 20 cases a year, said Park Dietz, a workplace-violence expert and forensic psychiatrist. And cases with a female shooter? "That's so unusual. This is just the fourth one that I recall in 30 years," said Dietz, founder and president of the Threat Assessment Group, of Newport Beach, Calif.
August 5, 1999 |
In the aftermath of the deadly hostage standoff at Norristown State Hospital, security upgrades have been made to help prevent another violent episode on the grounds, hospital officials and police said last night at a meeting with residents. The hospital's Community Advisory Committee met for the first time since the June 16 hostage situation, in which fired nurse Denis Czajkowski is accused of holding two nursing administrators at gunpoint in Building 2. After a two-day standoff with Pennsylvania State Police, Czajkowski allegedly opened fire on Carol Kepner, 54, of Lower Merion, and Maria Jordan, 37, of Norristown, when police broke a window to see the women.
August 27, 1999 |
A leading criminal psychiatrist and expert on workplace violence told a federal jury yesterday that Amtrak's failure to respond to months of odd behavior from a mentally ill machinist resulted in the 1997 shoot-out at its Wilmington yard that left a foreman dead and two workers seriously wounded. "The managers did not know where to turn; they didn't turn anywhere, and let it happen," psychiatrist Park Dietz told the U.S. District Court jury hearing the civil lawsuit filed by the widow of Amtrak foreman John J. Jensen.
February 25, 2015 |
An employee at an armored car company in Moorestown shot and wounded a coworker Monday before turning the gun on himself. Edgar Figueroa, 42, was found dead outside Shields Business Solutions at 5 Twosome Dr. shortly after 7 a.m. Police said he and Melvin Nieves, 31, were arguing inside the building when Figueroa pulled out a gun and chased Nieves. Figueroa shot Nieves four times, police said, before shooting himself in the parking lot. Police described the dispute as an "ongoing domestic situation" but would not elaborate.
July 28, 1998 |
Balwinder Singh goes out every day not knowing what to expect from the world. It could be a pleasant and profitable day or it could be his last. He takes his chances every time he picks up another fare in his blue and white taxi. But Singh, who drives for City Cab Co., has no other choice. He drives to support his family, even if it means getting the occasional gun shoved in his temple. According to a survey released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the Justice Department, more than 2 million people are victimized in the workplace every year.