Workplace Violence

Written for Premier by Tommie Rowland

“We never expected something like this to materialize on our doorstep the way that it did…” Fifth Third CEO Greg Carmichael to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept 7th, 2018.

What is workplace violence? The short answer is any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse that occurs in the work setting is considered workplace violence.

Whether you work in manufacturing, retail, government, higher education, the financial industry, religious entities, or recreational industries, it is not always easy dealing with the public or even co-workers. It is easier than one might think for seemingly simple interactions to turn violent, from cubicle to cubicle or across a cash register. We know it’s not pleasant to think about, but if violence does occur, being prepared can make the difference between life and death.


No One Should Feel Unsafe at Work

The Cost of Work Place Violence:  This is a serious threat affecting around 2 million Americans each year (OSHA).  Additionally, as of 2016, around 750 American per year lose their lives due to workplace violence (US Dept of Labor).

Homicides are the second leading cause of death in the workplace.

Assaults and threats of violence in the workplace number almost 2 million a year.

It costs about half a million employees 1.8 million days in lost work day each year.

Lost wages equal $55 million annually.

Lost productivity, legal expenses, property damage, diminished public image, and increases in security cost employers billions of dollars.


Protecting Yourself and Others:

This leads us to the question: If this is so common, what can you do?

One proactive step is to get trained, so that you’re prepared if you’re ever in a situation like this in your workplace with a customer, client, or coworker. Here at Premier, we offer a “Work Place Violence Seminar” that trains individuals to handle potential dangerous scenarios, whether you work in an office, restaurant, bank, retail store, recreational facility, church, school, government office, or other facility. The course offers the steps needed to be prepared in a violent attack, survive, and assist others to survive as well. Participants will be provided with the tools to evade, halt or neutralize and active threat in a work environment. Dramatic depictions of real-life situations are included in the training, as well as “Run… Hide… Fight” scenarios, and practical applications for preparedness.

If you are an employer, there are even more steps you can take. Employers can reduce the likelihood of violence in the workplace by assessing their work site. This assessment will give an analysis of risk factors, any past incidents that could have been avoided, ongoing security, and make recommendations for executing ongoing safety audits. Premier Shooting and Training Center is dedicated to educating companies and organizations so you and your staff will “Be Prepared”. Contact Paige Rigsby or Kellie Wilson at Premier Shooting & Training Center 513 342-5840 for more information or to schedule your Site Assessment today. 

And, keep an eye out for the next installment of our series on Workplace Safety.

Other Preparedness Training at Premier:

Critical Casualty Care Level 1 and Level 2

Critical Casualty Care Level One focus on basic emergency medical skills. Training includes an overview of basic First Aid, Airway Management, functioning in Extreme Stress Situations, and Bleeding Control with an emphasis on tourniquet use. You will be taught how to apply a tourniquet to yourself, a child, or an older adult.

We always train to proficiency, not to time.  A strong emphasis will be on mass casualty care and triage.

Critical Casualty Care Level 2 will build upon the skills learned in the Level 1 course with a more hands-on approach.


Verbal De-Escalation Techniques will teach ways and policies to manage aggression and hostility by moving a situation forward when a person is acting out or becoming threatening.  Learn how to recognize the “When, What, and How” of a crisis and when to involve Law Enforcement.

Situational Awareness Practical Self Defense Level 1 & Level 2

Self-Defense Level 1 Being aware of your surroundings, identifying potential threats and dangerous situations is the first steps of personal self-defense. You will learn how to recognize a threat, control your distance, and use posture and verbal skills to diffuse a potential situation.

You will be introduced to the physical skills and techniques of self-defense and to learn to “trust your gut”.

Self-Defense Level 2 In this class you will expand your physical skills, learning proper strikes and kicks to vital areas. You will be escaping holds, grabs and casing injuries to larger opponents.  Students will use full-force techniques against and instructor in protective gear. The pre-requisite for this course is Level 1.


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