Pizza Delivery and Workplace Violence

Jason Morris

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently found that a high percentage of workers are concerned with workplace violence.  The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) has released background checks guidelines to help curb issues such as workplace violence.  EmployeeScreenIQ’s own whitepaper also discusses this issue in depth with suggestions on how to curtail this growing problem.

The story below doesn’t lend itself to any particular argument on how to prevent the issue but it does shed some light on the new OSHA directive to tackle workplace violence.  Its not rocket science, however, no single preventative measure will stop workers from acting out.  Failure to have a solid plan in place, that also includes screening employees will leave employers at risk for negligent hiring claims.

Domino’s Doesn’t Deliver Following Employee Murder

Deputies in Escambia County, Florida, are investigating the murder of Tyler John Hinkle, a 19-year-old Domino’s Pizza employee who was stabbed outside the store on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola.

Hinkle, 19, was stabbed in the chest shortly before 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, and managed to stagger into the store before he collapsed.

The Domino’s where the attack occurred was closed following the fatal stabbing.

OSHA recently released a new compliance directive that offers procedures for agency staff who respond to workplace violence cases or complaints. The directive, Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Incidents of Workplace Violence, also establishes procedures for conducting inspections in industries such as late-night retail workplaces and health care and social service settings, which may be at a higher risk of workplace violence.

More than 3,000 people died from workplace homicide between 2006 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time.


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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal,, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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