WPV update for 2014
There is no way that every incident of workplace violence (WPV (was reported in 2014, on the national news, it rarely is. So many incidents go unreported to the media because they are not deadly, which seems to be the only way they get covered by the media.
Yet according to a study from the University of South Florida in 2005, more than 17 million employees will be affected by WPV every single year. And most of these will be considered an internal issue, and not reported to either the police or media.
AS I stated, most of these will go unreported to management, human resources, or security. Bullying, harassment, some threats, and someone throwing a pen in anger will be allowed to slide off the backs of employees. And why are they allowed too? Because the employee is too scared to report it or they figure it’s not worth it. And in those 2 excuses are a dozen that are even worse!
And keep in mind that there were innumerable events throughout the world that took precedence over reporting of WPV. The Ukraine, 3 passenger jets lost (off Indonesia and the Ukraine), Ebola, ISIS, the mid-term elections and other issues. They had a tendency to push WPV off of the national and local headlines. Therefore most incidents were reported only in the local media, which means you know more about the many incidents than I do.
However what I have collected over the past 12 months may open your eyes to the immensity of WPV. And since schools are also workplaces I’ve included them into my compilation of incidents.
Number of nationwide incidents: 167
Number of dead: 103
Number of wounded: 209
Number of incidents: 54
Number of dead: 12
Number of wounded: 65
If you would like to read about more than just what happened in your local area, look at the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany and you’ll see the incidents that I’ve collected every week. I try to post them within a day or so of the incident and to ensure that they are WPV and not a different crime, not also involving WPV i.e. robbery & etc.
Stay safe and keep your employees/clients safe and alive as well.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.