A Texas man, age 66, was assaulted and killed by a co-worker wielding a crow bar at the Harris County headquarters of his trucking company employer. Rob Ammons has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the man’s widow, alleging that, before hiring the alleged assailant, the company failed to conduct a proper criminal background check which would have revealed a previous intentional homicide. In addition to negligent hiring, Ammons further contends that the alleged assailant was carelessly retained and inadequately supervised and evaluated.
“Workplace violence is a real problem,” says Ammons, “but prudent employers have resources available to them to reduce the risk and provide for the well-being of their employees. When even the simplest safety measures to prevent violence at work are not utilized, workers are placed at unnecessary risk and tragedies like this are inevitable.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 409 workers in private industry and government were workplace homicide victims in 2014.
The Ammons Law Firm has a nationwide personal injury practice focusing on tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, consumer protection and product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, air bag defects and plant explosions.