It’s big news that Representative Steve Scalise was shot and badly injured at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday. The event was work related, so I suppose it can be classified as a workplace-related incident. Sadly, workplace violence has become all too common.
Did you know that on June 6 a disgruntled former employee shot and killed five people at a Florida awning manufacturer? Probably not, as it didn’t make the front pages of national newspapers or headline news programs.
Then, on the same day that Rep. Scalise was shot, a gunman shot and killed three workers in a UPS facility in San Francisco. Again, I didn’t see that news on the main page of any big news websites. I wasn’t aware of the incident until I saw it the next day on page two of a newspaper.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 354 workplace shootings in 2015, a 15% increase from the prior year. Unfortunately, these occurrences are no longer national news worthy, but remain a huge issue for workplaces across North America. I think it’s a good idea to revisit some basic preventative guidelines for creating a culture of workplace safety, as developed by the US Department of Labor:
• Promote sincere, open and timely communication among managers, employees, and union representatives
• Offer opportunities for professional development
• Fostering a family-friendly work environment
• Maintain mechanisms for complaints and concerns and allowing them to be expressed in a non-judgmental forum that includes timely feedback to the initiator
• Promote “quality of life” issues such as facilities and job satisfaction
• Maintain impartial and consistent discipline for employees who exhibit improper conduct and poor performance
You can see the full report, including security ideas, here.