Second only to transportation, workplace violence is
one of the major causes of death in the corporate world. This growing issue is
one that businesses cannot afford to wait and must be addressed now.
violence is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as any act or threat of
physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive
behavior that occurs at the worksite.
The Statistics According to OSHA:
About 2 million people each year
report some type of workplace violence
It is estimated that 25 percent of workplace violence
Studies show, the greatest threat that businesses
face are their very own customers. Having a protocol for an active shooter
response is critical. Because the assailant might have prior knowledge of the
facility, the ability to respond and act quickly is crucial to preventing
injury or death. Recently in Wisconsin there was an incident at a McDonalds
where the customer received the wrong order and proceeded to get into an
argument with the manager and attack a young employee. The customer shoved the
young employee and caused her to hit her head on some equipment which then
required treatment at a local hospital.
These incidents are costing businesses a fortune and
can sometimes cause the business to close. The average annual comprehensive
cost of workplace violence incidents is 130 billion dollars.
As organizations look to prevent such tragedies,
emergency preparedness procedures must not be overlooked. Establishing a plan
for your employees can mean the difference between life and death.