Training For Workplaces

Training - Workplaces - Employees

Workplace violence is the type of scenario that many of us don’t like to discuss or even think about. But how can a company prepare their employees for an active attacker event? And if an event like this does occur, how can a company prepare their employees with the education and skills needed to survive a violent encounter?

The business environment is constantly changing and many of today’s companies have busy offices with lots of visitors and unknown faces coming in and out of the building. Company employees should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times in an effort to avoid potential violent events or warn their coworkers of a potential threat.

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FBI Active Shooter Study

According to the FBI, from 2000 to 2013, there has been an alarming increase in active shooter events in this country:

  • A total of 1,043 casualties occurred during the incidents included in this study (486 killed, 557 wounded)
  • An average of 11.4 incidents occurred annually
  • An average of 6.4 incidents occurred in the first 7 years studied, and an average of 16.4 occurred in the last 7 years
  • 70.0% of the incidents occurred in either a commerce/business or educational environment
  • Shootings occurred in 40 of 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • 60.0% of the incidents ended before police arrived

Source: FBI – “A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013”

FBI - Active Shooter Info 2000-2013

Training - Workplaces - Office Building

Unfortunately, the rate of shootings committed by co-workers or former co-workers has remained steady, with an average of 45 homicides per year between 1992 and 2006. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Workplace violence is growing in public awareness, with many high profile cases being covered extensively on televisions across the country. Workplace violence can have a profound and disturbing effect on everyone involved, but preparation is the key to increasing your chances of survival.

Every company wanting to be prepared, should have an emergency response plan that is properly communicated and practiced with all of the company’s employees.  All employees should learn how to protect themselves and assist others who may be injured in a violent attack. Silverback offers BITT Training (Basic Improvised Trauma Treatment) courses that are specifically designed for an active attacker event in the workplace. Learn the techniques and skills necessary to give yourself a fighting chance to survive this traumatic situation.

Hands-on instruction and repetition is critically important to allow these newly learned skills to take over during a stressful event. You will be taught by experienced trauma medic professionals  how to improvise medical treatments that could save the lives of your coworkers.