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September 21 CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable Examines Workplace Violence

For immediate release
September 14, 2010

WETHERSFIELD - It is a subject that, tragically, has become all too real in today’s world. Workplace violence, which frequently manifests itself in the form of threats and escalates into aggressive acts between co-workers, can tragically end in a worker carrying and using weapons in the workplace. 

An ability to recognize warning signs and ease tense situations that can lead to violence is the subject matter for attendees of a Sept 21 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. 

Being held from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the agency’s Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, the session will be facilitated by John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist, the breakfast roundtable program’s coordinator. 

“Violence in the workplace, as we sadly saw with the Hartford Distributors shootings, is one of the most tragic and serious safety and health issues facing our society today,” Able explains. “In its most extreme form – homicide -- workplace violence is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. So, during this month’s breakfast roundtable, we will discuss practical measures for identifying risk factors for violence at work and taking strategic measures to keep employees safe.”   

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required, Able points out. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at able.john@dol.gov.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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