When you think about the consequences of a criminal conviction, you probably think about jail, fines, loss of driving privileges, probation, alcohol or drug programs, community service, and ignition interlock devices. If so, you are correct. These punishments are just a few of the potential consequences of being convicted of a crime in Pennsylvania. However, these are not the only consequences of a criminal conviction.
Many of the consequences of a conviction are not imposed by the court. Some consequences are simply collateral consequences that result from being convicted of a crime. Unfortunately, some of these consequences can impact your life for a long time.
Concussions are common injuries in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. A concussion is one of the most common brain injuries and can have a significant impact on your ability to perform certain tasks. You could experience severe symptoms immediately that could be life-threatening, or you may not experience symptoms for a few hours or days after the injury. The important thing is that you seek medical attention after any head injury.
Unfortunately, many serious issues are not addressed until something catastrophic occurs, as is the case with the recent killing of a field reporter and her cameraman in Roanoake, VA. In light of what happened there, workplace violence is on everyone’s mind.
Workplace Violence The Second Leading Killer
The most common cause of death to employees is motor vehicle accidents. Coming in second, is workplace violence. In 2013, over 400 people were murdered and 26,000 people were injured in the workplace, according to the American Federation of Labor.
How Do We Avoid Workplace Violence So This Doesn’t Happen Again?
First, realize that the shooting in Roanoake is an isolated case, and not all that common. The accused shooter targeted very specific people for acts that would seem minor to the average citizen. He filed several lawsuits against the station, mentioning being slighted by the victims. Revenge shootings like this one are not the norm in a workplace violence situation.
Employers are scrambling to develop a Workplace Violence Program, but there is little direction in place. There are currently no federal guidelines, and the OSHA website simply suggests that employers implement a prevention plan in their existing injury and illness prevention programs, but give very little light on exactly what that entails.
UPDATE: OSHA Releases Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence