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Executive Summary
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health define workplace violence as any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting (Bohlander).
On August 12, 2011 the life of Mark Lornas and Thomas Waycross two employee at the
manufacturing company in Hamilton, Iowa will forever change. A shop floor dispute left one
employee died and the other charged with second-degree murder. Around 2.00pm police
responded to a report of a fight between two employees. When the Hamilton Police Department
Violent Crime Unit arrived they found thirty year old Mark Lornas seriously injured. Three
hours later he succumbs to his injury and died at the Good Samaritan Hospital. Thomas
Waycross was charged with second-degree murder. Up on investigation the police learned that
the two did not have a good working relationship. Thomas Waycross was described as having a
tough “Rambo-type” personality. Even though management knows about the ongoing feud they
did not but get along or quit. Violence takes on many forms. It can be a threat of force, shove,
or fistfight. In extreme cases, it can involve the use of a gun. Whatever the form, it’s potentially
dangerous. Even the bully who intimidates is a threat of sorts. These situations create low
morale and damage productivity. They can also be costly to the company due to a lawsuit
brought on by the victim of the violence. The widow of Mark Lornas has

Define the Problem
It’s the responsibility of the human resource management department to make sure the work
place is a safe environment. Its total negligence the HR department should have got involved
right at the start and defuse the issues. The work environment at the automobile parts
manufacturing plant was not a safe place to work. The managers know that Thomas and Mark
did not get alone and they did nothing to protect each worker from each other. The...
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