San Jose workplace shooter had issues at work
Written by Thomas Ahearn, editor-in-chief of the ESR News blog
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) – which operates bus and streetcar services in the Santa Clara Valley – released documents revealing an employee who committed a mass shooting in San Jose, Calif. On May 26, 2021, which killed nine co- workers in a workplace violence case had a history of problems at work.
The documents showed the shooter, Samuel Cassidy, had a verbal altercation with a colleague in January 2020, which was reported to a supervisor who forwarded a report to TVA’s Civil Rights Office (OCR). In the report, another anonymous employee said of Cassidy: “He scares me. If anyone had to go by mail, it would be him.
The documents show that the OCR took no further action except to recommend that Cassidy’s manager review with him the VTA’s workplace conduct and retaliation policies. Cassidy was also sent home for insubordination in July 2019, refused to take compulsory CPR certification in October 2020 and abused radio equipment in November 2020.
The shooting in San Jose is the latest case of workplace violence to hit essential workers who continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2021, eight people were killed at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. In March 2021, ten people – including employees – were killed at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
According to the Census of Fatal Workplace Injuries (CFOI) released annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 5,333 fatal workplace accidents were recorded in the United States in 2019, an increase of 2% from the 5 250 fatal work accidents in 2018, and 454 of the fatal work accidents in 2019 were homicides.
“Workplace violence” is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other disruptive threatening behavior that occurs in the workplace ”and“ ranges from threats to verbal abuse. physical assault and even homicide.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – one of the world’s leading providers of background checks named the first background check firm by HRO Today in 2020 – offers background check services to help employers reduce issues that can lead to violence at work. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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