Elderly Worker Sentenced for Workplace Violence

Thu, September 6th, 2012 - 3:22 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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I have written quite a bit about workplace violence.  I have reported on surveys on workplace violence, various studies, and have commented on the more egregious incidents.   One such article is Workplace Bullying is Worse Than Thought.  However, few things prepare you for an article about a 75-year-old worker beating on his fellow employee.  Not only did he beat on him, but with a custom made club with thirty odd screws protruding from the end.   Ironically, or not, I have seen a number of elder man carrying such a weapon.  I don’t remember any of them bringing these war sticks to work.

According to The Mercury, ” A 75-year-old maintenance worker is headed to jail after he was convicted of charges he used a homemade club with 32 protruding screws to attack a co-worker at the Montgomery Township business where they worked.”

Montgomery County, Philadelphia, essentially, is my old stomping grounds as a kid.   It’s a decent area, not overly known for indecent acts of violence.

The assailant will be doing between eleven and 24 months of jail time and then at least two years of probation.  That’s a lot of time out of life when you are 75-years-old.  Not the smartest thing anyone has ever done.  What’s more the poor victim was nearly scared half to death, according the witnesses.

So, I guess, young or old everybody can get in with the ever expanding trend of workplace violence.  Oh my.

Corra Group to Close Early Friday for Labor Day Weekend

Fri, August 31st, 2012 - 7:06 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For those conducting background checks for employment screening purposes, please e aware that Corra Group will be closing early on Friday, August 31st for the Labor Day Weekend.   The background screening services will be closing one PM Pacific Time and will remain closed Monday September 3rd  for the Labor Day Holiday.    We will be open for normal business hours, Tuesday September 4th.

All federal and county criminal and civil courts are also closed Monday.

Corra Group would like to wish everyone a great Labor Day Weekend!

Workplace Bullying is Worse Than Thought

Wed, August 29th, 2012 - 12:40 pm - By Gordon Basichis


Time Magazine has run a feature article concerning workplace bullying and workplace violence.  The article has deduced that workplace bullying is worth than originally thought.  The employer costs for workplace bullying are much greater than imagined.  Couple that with workplace violence and besides the damages and the need for damage control, the costs can be prohibitive.

I have written extensively on workplace bullying and workplace violence.  One such article was entitled, City Compliance and Workplace Violence.   Most experts will advise employers to get out in front of it and get out early.  Even in a dicey economy, the cost cutting measures in not addressing workplace bullying and workplace violence is nothing compared to potential damages through harmed personnel and consequent litigation.

The Time Magazine article…”For all the recent concern over teen bullying, large numbers of adults also deal with peer-to-peer intimidation, especially at work: Approximately one in four U.S. workers say they’ve been bullied on the job, according to the Workplace Bulling Institute.”

We have known nurses and healthcare have undergone workplace bullying and workplace violence for quite sometime.  Patients physically and psychologically abuse their healthcare workers.

As the article attests, workplace bullying is not just a moral problem.  It is also a problem with management and the economic repercussions are considerable.

Isaac About to Hit the Gulf Coast

Mon, August 27th, 2012 - 9:39 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group provides various DOT and background checking services to its clients along the Gulf Coast.   We provide Motor Vehicle Driving records to those in the energy business and those background checks to truckers and companies in related fields.

With Hurricane Isaac bearing down on them, we know many workers are out scrambling to retrieve equipment and then take care of their homes and loved ones.

Corra Group just wants to wish all of our clients well.  Be safe.


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