Combatting Workplace Violence


A 17-year employee of Molson Coors shot and killed five of his co-workers on February 26, 2020, at the company’s complex in Milwaukee before taking his own life. Police said the shooter had been in a long-time dispute with a co-worker that boiled over, ending with him entering the company’s facility with two guns and opening fire.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported last year that 48 percent of HR professionals surveyed said their organization had experienced some form of workplace violence in the past. That number is up 36 percent from a similar survey taken in 2012.

SHRM created an online toolkit for their members that provides information and resources to help company leaders prevent workplace violence, along with improve response when an incident occurs. The guide focuses on creating a prevention plan, recognizing warning signs, implementing a response team, and responding to violent incidents in the workplace.

This tragic occurrence represents the most disturbing scenario for workplace security risk imaginable. To help plan for such a critical situation, Kastle has an active shooter preparedness guide that brings together information from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other leading organizations on how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter situation.

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