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If you are in the same room as the shooter:

1. Create as much distance between you as possible
2. Attempt to negotiate; don't challenge them
3. Describe where you are aloud in order to tell others your location
2. Pay Attention if an Employee is Served with Legal Process

- If after service the employee becomes irate, consider approaching the employee calmly
- Is an administrative leave period necessary?
- If upset, notify security
- Call police in advance, don't wait for return
1. How Many Guns Does He Have?

2. What is his Ethnicity?

3. What color is his shirt?
How Do Employers Prevent This From Happening?
How to Avoid and Respond to an Act of Terrorism in the Workplace:
A Roadmap
Travis W. Vance | Kris Sacra |
Daryl Hatcher
Fisher & Phillips LLP

The Man in the Arena
"It is not the critic who counts . . . The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat
and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because
there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Who Said That?

A. Bill Clinton
B. Teddy Roosevelt
C. Winston Churchill
D. Howard Mavity
When you see the shooter, what should you do next?
If the shooter is outside:
1. Turn off the lights;
2. Close and lock all windows and doors;
3. Move to the center of the building and remain calm;
4. Call 911

If the shooter is inside:
1. Leave the area, and enter designated safe zone
2. If possible, call 911 (silence your cell phone- leave line open)
3. If you cannot leave, lock all doors
4. Close windows and blinds
5. Get on the floor,
under a desk or table
6. Do you have a
ballistic clipboard?
Review and Adjust Policies on Bullying and Unprofessional Behavior
- Analyze any employee complaints
for signs of aggression
- Modify policies for unprofessional behavior or bullying- adopt zero tolerance approach
- Monitor employees who are terminated; did they make threats? Show aggression?
Do you have an on-site security presence?
What do they do?
Any one had a employee served at work?
Do you request personal information from employees? How?
- Did an employee have a recent divorce?
- Child custody issue?
3. Request Information from Employees Who Seek Protective Orders
- Balance privacy vs safety
- Ask for photograph of recipient of protective order- give to security
- Establish relationships with law enforcement
If the estranged husband/boyfriend/assailant arrives, isolate the individual and call 911
4. Educate and Train Your Employees
Two types of training:
1) Preparing for what could happen; and
2) Responding once something bad is happening
- Analyze your workplace for hazards
- Have employees watch
Run, Hide, Fight
5. Revise Your Emergency Action Plan
Required to be in writing if you have more
than 10 employees
- must include: evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments;
- procedures for employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate;
rescue/medical duties for employees performing them
- expand to include workplace violence response
Thank you!
Kris Sacra |k_sacra@hotmail.com
Daryl Hatcher | Daryl.Hatcher@LPNT.net
Travis W. Vance |
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Legal Issues Employers May Face:
1. Lawsuit by employee/third-party for negligence
2. OSHA violations- general duty clause
UPS Shooting- June 13, 2017- San Francisco, CA
Shooter, an employee, had filed a grievance claiming that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed.
Kansas City workplace shooting- 2004- Elijah Brown kills 6 co-workers because he was upset over teasing
Former employee kills 5, then himself- Orlando, FL- June 5, 2017
The shooter, John Robert Neumann, Jr., was fired in April by the employer.
February 2016- Kansas- employee kills 3 and injures 14 coworkers 90 minutes after he was served with a restraining order
2015- Top 5 Causes of Workplace Fatalties
Red-flags in employee behavior:
1. Unexplained increase in absences
2. Increased drug or alcohol use
3. Decrease in hygiene or general appearance
4. Depression/withdrawal
5. Mood swings
6. Unstable emotional responses/outrages
7. Comments on violence/discussing domestic issues
8. Empathy of others committing violence
Employees Should Know:
1. Sound of gunshots
2. How to sharpen perception skills
3. To remain calm when police arrive (e.g., raise hands)
4. How to get others to a safe place
5. Escape routes
6. How to barricade doors
1. Once you start to act, you may take on a duty
2. Once you know something, you may have an obligation to do something
Recent Kansas case- employer created an ad hoc
security team, comprised of employees. The duties of the security team included walking employees to his or her car if a concern was voiced.
A judgment was entered against employer for $3.25 M for failing to provide the adequate security it promised to employee when she was shot in parking lot.

Stages of Violent Intent
- Grievance
- Ideation/Fantasy
- Research and Planning
- Preparation
- Breach

Motives for These Incidents?
- Criminal Intent
- Customer/Patient
- Worker on Worker
- Domestic
- Ideological Violence
Three Stages of Survival Psychology

- Denial
- Deliberation
- Decisive Moment
What Will Your Employees Do?
- They are going to be scared.
- If they are not trained, they will flee, fight, falter, or freeze.
- Only training will have a direct effect on which action you take and preparing for an incident makes you safer.

Preparing Your Employees
- What does your safety culture look like?
- As a company you have a legal, moral, and ethical obligation
to prepare your employees for hazards in the workplace.

How Have You Prepared?
- What type of training does your HR department provide to employees regarding active shooter/terrorism incidents?
- Do you document your training?
- Do you provide refresher training?
- Is your training computer-based?
You can plan the perfect
picnic, but you can't predict the weather
- Preferred
- Alternative
- Contingency
- Emergency
- Have an escape route and plan in mind
- Leave your belongings behind
- Evacuate regardless of others
- Warn/prevent individuals from entering
- Don't attempt to move wounded people
- Keep your hands visible
- Follow police instructions
- Call 911 when safe

- Be out of the active shooter's view
- Provide protection if shots are fired Cover/Concealment
- Lock the door
- Hide behind large item (e.g., cabinet, desk)
- Silence cell phone/pager
- Remain quiet

- Commit to your actions
- Act as aggressively as possible
- Improvise weapons and throw items
- Yell
Being Informed . . .

There are variations that different industries are utilizing . . . know them all


- Stop the KILLING
- Proceed to area where last shots heard
- First priority is to eliminate the threat
- Bulletproof vests, helmets, and other equipment
- Armed with rifles, shotguns, and/or handguns
- Shouting commands
- Push individuals to the ground for thier safety

- Patient care/assembly- do you have any bleeding control items? Is anyone trained?
- Do you have AEDs?
- Do you have tourniquets?
- Does your medical staff have trauma medicine avalable to them?
- What are the standard hazards that your employees might face?
- Provide the ordinary citizen with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and treat preventable death injury
- Hemorrhage control |Breathing management
- Airway management |Hypothermia treatment
Training Your ADA Employees
- ADA and Existing Injury Considerations- Have you provided additional training to your disabled employees?
- If they are unable to evacuate, have you determined how they will be barricaded?
- Document every step you take to avoid liability!
- Reunification Processes- Loved ones and concerned well-wishers are coming to your site. Have you trained your employees how to evacuate? To where? How do they check in following a total evacuation event?
- Do you have a written policy regarding reunification?
- Do you have a training standard that accompanies that written policy?
If Injuries or Deaths Occur . . .
- Triage and Transport- Once an employee or client is injured on your site, they are an extension of your liability. They are also PATIENTS . . . the law dictates a change in your handling of the situation.
- Those same injuries and deaths also mandate your reporting behaviors for OSHA and possibly with the states you do business in.
- Do you have a crisis team that can deal with patients AND families? If so, how do you train them?
Middleton, WI- Workplace Shooting
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