Anything but a Typical Day at the Office
When most of us go to work each day, we think that it will be a typical day at the office. According to OSHA however, that isn’t the case for more than 2,000,000 workers annually. Workplace violence impacts businesses across the country and countless cases go unreported. These incidents can range from a threat to physical violence to homicide.
Last June, Harrington Hospital nurse, Elise Wilson, became a victim. As she worked in the emergency room, Elise was brutally attacked by a violent patient. She was left with wounds to her arms, face and upper body. The injuries Elise sustained were so life-threatening that she was air-lifted to the hospital at University of Massachusetts for extensive surgery. Reports indicate that the attacker also attempted to injure the security guard who came to Elise’s aid before fleeing the scene.
While the Harrington Hospital installed metal detectors, Bill S. 1374 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gained momentum. This Bill was introduced in January of 2017 to require health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence. The Bill has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
We at SoloProtect are watching these developments closely and are optimistic about more states taking a similar course of action to protect its workers.