New Arenas for Violence: Homicide in the American Workplace

By Michael D. Kelleher | Go to book overview

Introduction

If you live in one of the more populous states, like California, your chances of being murdered at work are at least equal to those of being killed during your commute to or from your job site. If you are a gas station attendant, government employee, or retail store clerk, you have a higher probability of being murdered on the job than a police officer in your own community. If you are a secretary or clerk in an office, you are more likely to be murdered at work than a West Virginia miner is likely to be accidentally killed in an industry- related accident. If you work for a living, and most Americans do, you are a potential victim of one of the fastest growing areas of major crime in our society--occupational homicide.

This book examines the history, nature, and causal factors of occupational homicide--murder in the workplace--with a view to the development of a comprehensive understanding of the issue and the introduction of a prevention program that can help you and your coworkers create and maintain a safer work environment which will be less likely to become a breeding ground for violence or murder. A detailed understanding of occupational homicide will be presented through an examination of actual case histories of the crime and the application of analysis and prevention techniques that can be used to inform and train staff and managers. A new methodology of understanding and quantifying occupational homicide will be suggested, and the most efficacious methods of workplace violence prevention will be introduced. A new profile of the potentially violent worker will be developed through the examination of actual incidents of workplace homicide. This profiling system will emphasize case of understanding and applicability to a wide variety of work environments. A new method of analyzing incidents of occupational homicide will be developed which can be used by workers and managers to learn more about this crime and assist in creating a safer work environment. Finally, the working profile of an organization that is committed to eliminating occupational

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Murder in the Workplace 1
  • Notes 8
  • 2 - History of Occupational Homicide 9
  • Notes 45
  • 3 - Case Studies of Occupational Homicide 49
  • Notes 98
  • 4 - Violence Imperatives and Prevention Techniques 101
  • Notes 167
  • 5 - Conclusions and Recommendations 171
  • Appendix 181
  • Selected Bibliography 185
  • Index 189
  • About the Author 194
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