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McDonald’s Employees’ Suit Claims Store Redesign Abets Workplace Violence

McDonald’s Corp. employees on Thursday sued the fast food giant and several of its franchisees in Chicago over a store redesign that staffers say has made it easier for angry customers to leap over the counter and attack them. The …

How Workplace Violence Costs Businesses Before and After It Happens

Workplace violence leaves chaos in its wake. Besides the psychic trauma, physical injuries and even sometimes fatalities, there are enormous financial impacts. Some are obvious, but many show up only with insightful analysis. Analysts have used statistics from workers’ compensation …

Workplace Mass Shootings Are Rare But Still a Worry to Americans

A postal worker on disability retirement for psychological issues returned to her workplace years later and killed six people. A Connecticut beer delivery worker irate over being forced to resign opened fire as he was being escorted out of the …

Reports Say Massachusetts Workplace Deaths Down Slightly

Labor organizations and a workplace safety advocacy group say 69 people died of work-related causes in Massachusetts last year, down slightly from 74 in 2017. The 28-page report released Friday by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational …

Ruling on Stabbing Prompts Calls for National Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

A federal commission decision that an employer had a duty to protect a social services worker who was stabbed to death by a client, even though the company did not violate any specific safety standard, reinvigorated advocates who are calling …

10% of All Workplace Fatalities Due to Homicides

Homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from 2015. The 2016 total …

Shooter’s Family Says They Warned Police She Might Attack YouTube

The woman identified by police as the attacker who wounded three people at YouTube’s headquarters in California was a vegan blogger who accused the video-sharing service of discriminating against her, according to her online profile. Police said 39-year-old Nasim Najafi …

Workplace Is Hostile, Stressful, Grim Place for Many Americans

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers …

Mass. Behavioral Health Facility Faces $207K in Fines for OSHA Violations

A Massachusetts behavioral health facility faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection. On June 29, 2017, OSHA issued UHS of Westwood Pembroke …

UPS Gunman in San Francisco Who Killed 3 Had Filed Grievance

A United Parcel Service driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers had filed a grievance that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself. Jimmy Lam, …