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.
“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
Last week AlertMedia hosted a webinar on Lone Worker Safety. The conversation was led by Penelope Doherty, former Texas DFPS Safety Support Manager, and Scott Ryder, AlertMedia’s Chief Product Officer.
Penelope and Scott discussed the importance of employee safety, how to define a safety program, common gaps in lone worker safety programs, and shared stories of lone workers who have effectively used AlertMedia’s SafeSignal product. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here. Read More
For employees of property management companies, meeting strangers and showing them empty apartments, homes, or commercial spaces is simply part of the job. For real estate agents, home healthcare employees, maintenance and repair employees, and utility workers, lone worker safety is a major concern.
No business wants to think about a violent incident occurring at their workplace. But each year, more than 2 million American employees report having been a victim of various types of workplace violence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 807 workers were fatally injured in work-related attacks in 2017. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly 16% percent of the 5,147 workplace fatalities from the same year. Read More
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were over 33,000 workplace fires from 2013–2017 totaling $1.5 billion in property loss. Understanding how a fire might originate is the first step organizations should take in protecting its people and assets.
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a completely fireproof facility. There are simply too many factors present to safeguard against every hazard. While workplace fires are sometimes out of an organization’s control, understanding risk will help dramatically reduce the likelihood a fire will occur. Read More
Lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, and home healthcare providers are vulnerable to various dangers on the job. Isolation, unknown clients, and entering dangerous environments are a few of the risks they face.
Organizations have a moral and legal responsibility to keep those workers safe and informed. While a panic button app checks some boxes for management (convenient, cheap, and low tech), there are a number of drawbacks.
If protecting your lone workers is a top concern, it’s important to learn more about these problematic solutions. Read More