WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) -- State officials are hoping to educate people on the signs to look for before an employee's anger turns to violence.
OSHA is holding a seminar on how to prevent workplace violence today.
About 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, that's according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
People attending the personal safety training program hosted by OSHA are learning how to recognize potentially violent situations.
"That's one of the reasons I'm here because you never know," said student Nina Polokoff, "you have to be prepared and as I mentioned a lot of us have plans in place, but um they haven't practiced them."
"Paying attention to everything around you. When you walk into a place you never really know anywhere you go. That's the reason no one around you just paying attention to what's there," said teacher Bridgette Ashmore.
Connecticut has seen workplace violence in the past. A disgruntled employee shot and killed eight people at Hartford Distributors in Manchester in August of 2010.
That shooting was the worst case of workplace violence in Connecticut history.
And in 1998 an employee passed over for a promotion shot and killed four people at the Connecticut Lottery Headquarters.
"I don't think you can ever totally prevent them, but you can lessen the damage of, you know, to respond and react when a situation happens," said teacher Tom Ashmore.
Experts say employers and co-workers alike should be aware of the warning signs when someone is reaching a breaking point.
"Always be aware of your situation. Situational awareness is very important no matter where you are. Not just at your work place, but anywhere you are," said student John Goldman.
"I hope they are going to learn to be aware," Tom said. "We've gotten to be such a tunnel-driven people we don't pay attention to everything around, and that's how the bad people could sneak up on us."
"If you see something, say something. You might be the one to stop something," said John Able, OSHA.
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