Worcester, MA – Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. (S&S) hosted an informative panel discussion on workplace violence awareness preparation to Worcester’s local business community on May 7 at the AC Hotel Marriott.
The National Safety Council reported that in 2016, 17% of workplace deaths were the result of violence. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about two million people each year report some type of workplace violence.
It is estimated that 25% of workplace violence goes unreported. The goal of this seminar was to educate and provide guidance so that organizations are better prepared in the face of such a tragic event.
On the panel were Harry Lemieux, chief information officer and VP at Harrington Hospital; Jonathan Sigel, partner at Mirick O’Connell Attorneys at Law; Florence DuPerry, VP of human resources at S&S; and James Croteau, manager of the Sturbridge operations at S&S.
The panelists discussed essential topics such as the different types of workplace violence, the planning and preparation needed, the legal responsibilities of the organization, and what to do after an attack.