Our entire country regretfully followed the horrifying events in Annapolis on June 28 when an active shooter changed the lives of everyone in the Capital Gazette Building. Tragically, five journalists were killed in an unnecessary and brutal attack by a shooter who had previously filed a lawsuit against the paper. This event, and several others that have transpired over the past decade, have highlighted a terrifying new trend when it comes to the American workplace- violent attacks are on the rise.
Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Workplace tragedies may not come with obvious warning signs, but there are steps employers and companies can take to prepare employees for threats of violence and help them take action to protect themselves if an attack occurs.