Workplace Violence Expert W. Barry Nixon Discusses How to Prevent a Workplace Violence Crisis

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Preeminent workplace violence expert W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, executive director of the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence Inc., will present a case study on how to avoid a severe workplace violence incident at the 20th Annual National VPPPA Convention.

– Preeminent workplace violence expert W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, executive director of the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence Inc., will present a case study on how to avoid a severe workplace violence incident at the 20th Annual National VPPPA Convention, Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 3:30 p.m. in room 124 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV.

The case study will illustrate how one company simply got lucky in avoiding a horrific event and will be presented in cooperation with attorney Charles H. Morgan of Alston and Bird LLP, and Pat Biles, former National Workplace Violence Coordinator for OSHA's Department of Labor. Ms. Biles will add further expert commentary. Media will be interested in attending the presentation to learn more about the study which focuses on an individual who went to his place of work with several guns, intent on murdering multiple individuals, but who was stopped at the very last minute and did not carry through the event due to a chance incident. The individual was driven to the point of murder due to gross mishandling in the workplace and it was pure luck that a massacre did not occur.

The study is a classic case illustrating the three variables that come together to create a significant risk of a violent occurrence:

1) A violence prone individual is a person who has a disposition towards violence or accepts violence as a legitimate method for dealing with a problem.

2) A trigger event is anything that pushes the person's final "button" and convinces them (in their own mind) that they have no choice but to become violent in order to regain control.

3) A violence prone organization is an organization that ignores the warning signs, is not focused on prevention, believes that it is not likely that violence will occur in its workplace (is in denial) and consequently, does not take any proactive steps to prevent violence.

Mr. Nixon, Mr. Morgan and Ms. Biles will also discuss what the organization could have done to remove the third variable from coming into play and to have proactively prevented the incident. Complete details and a full review of workplace violence issues can be found at http://www.workplaceviolence911.com or by calling W. Barry Nixon at 949-770-5264 or emailing wbnixon@aol.com

As a leader in the area of occupational violence prevention, the National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence serves as a center for research, consulting, training and communication. Its mission is to educate employers, unions and employees about the growing threat of violence in the workplace and how to effectively deal with it. The Institute focuses on preventative efforts and prepares clients to respond appropriately should an incident of violence occur. Mr. Nixon is the Workplace Violence consultant for the State of California and provides consulting and training for managers and employees. A partial client list includes Gillette, Canon, Beckman Coulter, Caltrans and Southern California Edison.

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