How Safe Do You Feel in Your Workplace?
After Friday's incident at Gateway Center in Pittsburgh and another one at Western Psych in Oakland this March, Pittsburghers might feel a bit more vulnerable at work.
Thirty-year-old John Shick of Shadyside walked into Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC in Oakland in March and opened fire, killing one person and injuring seven others. He also died in the gunfire.
Friday's hostage incident at Three Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh had a happier ending in that the suspect, Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, and his hostage, Charles Breitsman, both emerged from the building without injuries, as did the workers who fled the danger.
Unfortunately, such incidents with armed gunmen seem to be occurring more frequently and no place is immune. Schools, movie theaters, workplaces—in fact any place—can be vulnerable.
Many companies and office buildings conduct routine fire drills. But how many conduct drills or training sessions on what to do when an armed suspect enters and threatens employees?
Do you feel safe when working before or after regular business hours? Are there places to seek a safe haven inside your building? Have you ever felt vulnerable?
Take our poll and let us know in comments your thoughts on this subject.