"There was a comment in an article from one of the plant's employees," says O'Malley, "and it was to point that, the way they treated their employees, it was a wonder that the incident had not happened earlier."
To that, says Mains, there's not much to say other than the company could have better spent time preventing these situations than dealing with the after-effects.
"It would certainly cost less to take care of these kinds of situations with training," says Mains, "than to deal with the murders of employees and the serious liability repercussions."
- OSHA on Workplace Violence:
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCME) online book regarding Workplace Violence:
- CDC and NIOSH Research on Occupational Violence and Homicides: