A recent CentralSquare Technologies study revealed that one in three people surveyed are worried about having an active shooter incident in their community. This feeling is not surprising when you consider mass shootings (events involving the shooting of three or more people) are now a part of everyday life in the U.S. As of Sept 24, 2019, there had been an average of 1.24 mass shootings per day, killing 377 people and injuring another 1,347 victims.
While, statistically speaking, there is a low probability of this happening to you personally, organizations must come to grips with active shooter incidents as a complicated yet foreseeable event. It’s a known-known, so to speak. And this means if you are turning a blind eye or continuing to believe it won’t happen within the boundaries of your organizational control, you could be held responsible for the outcome.
This was shown to be true for the company that owns the Las Vegas hotel where a gunman opened fire from his room onto a country music festival two years ago. The company agreed to pay up to $800 million to settle lawsuits filed by victims. The New York Times reported that the settlement “appears to resolve litigation that had raised novel and significant issues of law, including how culpable large companies and property owners are in mass-casualty attacks.”
If an active shooter incident does arise in an environment where your organization is wholly or even partially responsible for ensuring the safety of others, you need to have done the hard work ahead of time. Organizations must have measures in place to reduce the likelihood of firearm violence, know how to respond if an incident does occur, and have a plan to deal with the aftermath.
We invite you to learn more by downloading a copy of our latest whitepaper, Coming to Grips with the Known-Known of Active Shooter Incidents, we lay out the case for proactively preparing your workplace to mitigate risks and have a response plan at the ready.
The end of the year is a great time to reflect and with that, we like to share our most-read articles of the year. This year’s top articles highlight a strong focus on workplace violence risk management, including active assailant concerns. More than ever, prediction, preparation, and prevention measures are needed to keep each workplace safe. Take some time to read through our top risk management articles from 2016 and plan for a safer and more productive 2017.
1. [Infographic] How to Address the Threat of an Active Assailant Incident in Your Organization
Each and every employee and community member deserves to feel safe. OSHA requires it, labeling it as an organization’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Tragically, with a growing number of active assailant incidents happening all around the country, this threat is more relevant than ever before. Over a two-year span, 26 states experienced 40 active assailant incidents, resulting in more than 230 casualties.
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2. Building a Culture of Compliance around BSA/AML – Guidance from FinCEN
In simpler times, the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulated the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) activities of banks, as the name implies. In our globalized and networked world, it has expanded to cover financial institutions ranging from the biggest banks to mom and pop check cashing, or money transfer operations running out of storefronts in a mall. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has launched actions against businesses across this spectrum for violations of BSA/AML requirements.
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Violence in the workplace undeniably affects the individuals who are directly attacked. But the impact also extends far beyond these direct victims to co-workers, clients, executives, shareholders and even out to the community. There are direct losses related to medical bills, workers’ comp and legal fees, as well as indirect losses reflected in diminished productivity, low morale and negative publicity – all of which can damage a company’s reputation long-term. The impact is extensive and can carry a tremendous cost.
“It is not just the victims, who are injured… the workplace also pays a price with disengaged performance and increased health risks… It is imperative, to the business bottom-line, that employees are protected…” — The Roadmap to Mental Health and Excellence at Work, 2005
Prevention is key.
Learn about what constitutes workplace violence, who is at the greatest risk, and what can be done to proactively predict, prevent, and quickly recover from incidents in our latest infographic.
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Low-probability, high-impact events are something that most individuals and organizations would rather ignore. After all, chances are it won’t happen to you. Serious workplace violence events, active shooter incidents, and other unsavory threats are on the rise but it’s easier to assume it will happen to someone else. We don’t want to think about our own mortality or that of our organizations. Instead, we hope it won’t happen to us, to our employees, to our customers, or to our communities.
But then there are these facts:
- 18% of all crimes committed occur in the workplace
- Jury awards in workplace violence cases typically run in the millions of dollars
- 70% of active shooter incidents occur in business or educational environments
- Workplace violence is the number one cause of workplace fatalities for women
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The effects of workplace violence are wide and long lasting. Each year millions are affected, from employees to executives, impacting business from productivity to profitability.
Many acts of violence are preventable, with the main responsibility resting in employers’ hands through proactive prevention. When violent acts do occur, having a plan in place can mitigate and prevent escalation.
OSHA requires employers to “provide employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”
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