2What precautions are you taking to protect your employees from attacks by unexpected assailants? Acts of terror can come from a disgruntled employee or former employee, someone assaulting an acquaintance or family member, a criminal - or, of course, from a terrorist. To be on the safe side, make sure that you're prepared to deal with the unexpected as expected.

The U.S. Department of Justice recommends a number of security measures for businesses:

  • More physical barriers.
  • Better lighting.
  • Mandatory employee picture ID cards.
  • Enhanced entrance security.
  • Limited parking, based on location.
  • Closed-circuit television surveillance.
  • Shatterproof windows.
  • Improved identification of visitors.

Weigh these recommendations, regardless of the size of your premises. If you rent space in a building, do what you can to apply them to the entire building.

However, such precautions won't protect your business against a current employee who goes on a rampage. To minimize this danger, keep an eye on employees' actions and be prepared to intervene when they show signs of stress, drug abuse, anger, or other unusual behavior.

Although Workers Compensation or Commercial General Liability insurance will pick up the cost of treating victims injured in an on-the-job attack, no amount of money can compensate your employees for the trauma of an assault. An ounce of sweat can prevent the spilling of innocent blood and tears.
For guidelines on strengthening your workplace security program, feel free to get in touch with our agency at any time.

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