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Employers Must Take Reasonable Actions To Prevent Workplace Violence

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Unfortunately, it takes an incident like the shootings at Virginia Tech for employers to seek information about securing their workplaces. But then many abandon their efforts a few weeks later as the media attention dies down. It's imperative that employers are proactive because "if you react, it's going to be bad," stressed Paul Viollis, CEO of Risk Control Strategies, a nationally recognized threat management and risk assessment firm headquartered in New York City. "Don't ever think it won't happen to you."


We're good at wake-up calls," stated Viollis. He typically sees a jump in phone calls and e-mails from employers three to five days after a violent incident. The most common requests: 1) reevaluate our current prevention program; and 2) help us convince the board of directors to allocate funds for pre-incident response training.

"But we're better at hitting the snooze button," he continued. ...(register to read more)

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