Case study


Workplace violence is not a new phenomenon in many organizations. Thearticle reveals one case study about a man who threatens to kill anex and his co-workers. The man Robert Fryer aged 32 has beenstalking, harassing, following and cyber bullying his ex RandyJohnson 53. The increased calls and threats pose as a threat toco-workers who have asked to be escorted to work by their familymembers for fear that Fryer might carry out his threats.

Violent acts at work result due to various reasons. Romanticrelationship break ups, domestic misunderstandings, unmet domesticobligations, mental and emotional instability are some of the mostcommon causes of violent acts at work. Offended parties includingex-lovers and spouses generally commit these crimes. Some of them maybe unwilling to accept the break up and move on or may be emotionallydisturbed thus making unnecessary demands at their ex’s place ofwork. Indicators of a perpetrator are portraying behaviors likestalking, bullying and harassing others through calling at the placeof work many times. As in this case, Fryer calls 15-30 times withphone calls becoming frequent and more threatening.

The difference between profile and pattern in crime is that whileprofile describes physical traits, age and character of theperpetrator or offended party, the pattern describes the crime trendand nature. EPA considers jobs dealing with environmental protectionand human health issues as the most dangerous. Elsewhere, police,refuse control, drivers, roofers, firefighters, ranchers and farmers,steel ironworkers and flight engineers are also dangerous jobs. Organizations can mitigate workplace violence through helping theiremployees solve personal issues amicably. They can facilitatenegotiations excluding other coworkers and make agreements that suitboth parties peacefully.