Professions most at risk for workplace violence

Two million Americans report suffering from workplace violence every year, making it the second leading cause of work-site deaths in the country (the leading cause is automobile accidents), according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many more cases go unreported. The organization defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, […]

6 Hidden Costs of Workplace Violence

The initial costs of workplace violence may come and go in the space of a week or two, but once the bills for trauma care, funerals, and grief counseling get paid, a new set of costs starts taking its toll. These costs are considerably more difficult to quantify — much less anticipate or prevent — […]

PRIMA Talks Active Shooter Policies with McGowan’s Paul Marshall

How much does active-shooter insurance coverage cost? Why should policyholders conduct security reviews and vulnerability assessments? These are just two of the topics Paul Marshall, McGowan’s director of Active Shooter/Workplace Violence programs, addresses in a conversation on the PRIMA Podcast, produced by the Public Risk Management Association. “A lot of people think these policies are […]

11 things to look for in an active shooter insurance policy

Active shooter/workplace violence insurance programs vary widely from one policy to the next. Each insurer has a different idea of which risks should be covered and at what cost, obliging buyers to weigh each policy provision carefully to make sure they have all the coverage they need. It’s not safe to assume your standard business […]

Workplace violence, domestic violence, and active shooters: What’s the link?

Active shooter incidents almost always happen where people work or live. Therefore, it’s impossible to ignore the links between mass shootings and workplace/domestic violence. As the accompanying table shows, just 9.4% of active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 happened in an open space, according to the FBI. The rest happened primarily in workplaces, except […]

What happens in the aftermath of an active shooter situation?

It’s never really over. The impact of an active-shooter event lingers for years. Families and co-workers struggle to heal after losing loved ones. Businesses lose revenue and consider relocating. Attorneys file lawsuits to recapture monetary losses. And the losses pile up as the years pass. Sandy Hook Elementary School had to be rebuilt from the […]