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Monday, July 19, 2004

Workplace Violence

USA Today ran a disturbing series of articles on workplace violence:    
 

  • A choking haze filled the hallways, spreading like an impenetrable fog. Larry Hansel, a technician who'd been laid off from Elgar, a San Diego-based electronics company, shot out the company switchboard and set off homemade bombs. They were diversionary tactics. As fire scorched the walls and employees scrambled for cover, Hansel wielded a 12-gauge shotgun and searched the second-floor corridors for executives on his hit list...    
 
Inside the minds of workplace killers [USAToday.com]    
 
  • In an average week in U.S. workplaces, one employee is killed and at least 25 are seriously injured in violent assaults by current or former co-workers...    
 
Managers not prepared for workplace violence [USAToday.com]    
 
  • On a humid summer night in 1994, fired waitress Denise Holsinger returned to the place where she used to work, the Witchduck Inn in Virginia Beach. She'd brought her boyfriend, Michael Clagett. It was late, and only a few people lingered inside the small tavern. The World Cup played quietly on the TV.   By the time Holsinger left, three employees and a customer lay dead or dying, all shot in the head...  
 
Woman who helped kill co-workers says, 'I had no self-esteem at all' [USAToday.com]    
 
  • Some employees convicted of murder say their employer was partly at fault...  
 
Convicts say companies share fault [USAToday.com]

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