Difficult task to lower risk of workplace violence - KMOV.com

Difficult task to lower risk of workplace violence

(AP) -- Criminologists call it murder by proxy -- rampages by employees who go after their boss, supervisors and even co-workers they link to their outrage. The message is: Look who's doing the firing now.

These eruptions of workplace violence often occur in brutally similar ways. But experts say they rarely come with a warning, making them hard to stop.

That was the case Tuesday in Connecticut, where a driver for a beer distributor killed eight co-workers and wounded two others, then committed suicide. The company says there were no warning signs that he would react violently to his dismissal.

Experts say employers can reduce some risk of on-the-job attacks. If they notice signs of distress, they can move termination hearings away from the main work space or have security present.

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