It’s a scenario no business wants to think about: an active shooter or violent offender on the premises. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. According to the FBI, these individuals do not necessarily have to yield a gun but could alternatively involve driving a car into a crowd. From 2000 to 2017, there were 250 active shooter incidents in the United States. These horrific acts of violence took place across many industries and geographic locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 alone saw 500 workplace homicides in the U.S. Read More
It seems almost every month we hear of a new tragedy on the news. When we think of active shooter events, we typically think of schools, crowded bars, and outdoor concerts. The data, though, tells a slightly different story. In 2018, more than half of all active shooter events—60%—occurred in the workplace. Although no company wants to consider the potential for an active shooter incident at their workplace, taking the appropriate steps to prepare can save many lives. Read More
If your organization employs lone workers, we likely don’t need to tell you why lone worker safety is important. You probably have stories of your own. Working alone brings with it unique risks–so it’s critical that you implement safety measures to mitigate these risks. For most organizations, the first step will be implementing a lone worker safety app. But what capabilities should you be looking for in this app? By far, the most important is lone worker safety monitoring. The most dangerous part of any lone worker’s job is precisely that: they are alone. Lone worker safety monitoring ensures that even though your lone workers are unaccompanied, they are never truly alone.
No one expects to have a fire or other disaster at work, but they happen every day in office buildings across the country. We like to think of our workplaces as predictable outposts full of copiers, Keurig machines, and maybe a few too many meetings. But the truth is that when a fire breaks out, employees’ lives can be on the line. You and your company’s leaders need to be familiar with how to conduct a fire drill at work. By scheduling regular fire drills, your company can plan for a potential fire and prepare employees to exit the building safely.
Organizations are vulnerable to a number of threats, both to their people and to their ability to maintain business continuity. From violent weather and natural disasters to power outages and acts of violence, an organization must deal with the pressure of preparing for the unexpected and protecting its people.
When it comes to a workplace fire incident, there are few scenarios more frightening. Read More
When a fire threatens your employees and business, chaos and confusion can reign.
Construction fires often move so quickly that workers are forced to do what they can to survive. When an office tower in Sydney, Australia caught fire earlier this year, construction workers on scaffolding had to scramble to safety when the exterior of the building was transformed into a wall of flames.
Kawasaki Motors is a well-recognized brand for motorcycles, ATVs, Jet SkiⓇ watercrafts, a market leader by consumers who appreciate speed. So what does Kawasaki do when it needs to quickly reach all of its 450 U.S. employees across six states?
We spoke with Tom Porter, former director of Human Resources & Administration for Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. to get a customer’s take on why an internal communications system was so important for this fast-moving company. Read More
“All too often, lives are shattered unnecessarily because of poor working conditions and inadequate safety systems. Let me encourage everyone to join in promoting safety and health at work. It is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right.”
–Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
At the dawn of the 20th century, Galveston was arguably slated to become the largest city in Texas. A 27-mile long island rising a mere five feet above sea level, the bustling town had grown into the state’s central port. Numerous millionaires called it home, and downtown’s Strand District was dubbed the “Wall Street of the South.”
All of that changed on September 8, 1900.
With little warning and a lack of the communication technology we now have, a Category 4 hurricane slammed into the coast. Winds in excess of 140 mph battered homes and businesses. A storm surge over 15 feet high swallowed the island. By the following morning, the entire city was leveled. Read More
“When automatic detection systems trigger a general alarm, the occupant’s response is anything but automatic.”
- Guylène Proulx, SFPE Task Group on Human Behavior in Fire
A workplace fire can quickly become a nightmare scenario for any organization. One second, it’s business as usual. The next: an alarm is blaring, ceiling sprinklers have triggered, and employees are in a state of panic. Total chaos. Read More