The recent killing of a doctor and wounding of six other hospital workers could have been worse were it not for workplace violence training, a doctor said.
Dr. Magdy Mikhail, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City, told NBC Channel 4 News in New York that his department had watched an 11-minute training video on responding to workplace violence on the morning of the very day a disgruntled ex-employee entered the hospital and shot seven people. Mikhail said staffers in his department credited the video with knowing what to do when the shooting began. Mikhail was not injured but described a harrowing escort by SWAT team members when a critically ill baby needed to be moved to ICU while the rampage was taking place.
The gunman entered the hospital with a rifle on June 30, looking for a doctor he blamed for his having lost a position, police said. When he learned that the indidual he sought was unavailable, he turned his gun on others, killing one doctor and wounding six others before trying to set the hospital on fire with gasoline and taking his own life.
The violent attack was one of at least five active shooter incidents at American workplaces since May, and followed a familiar pattern.
Haley said the disturbing reality is that in many cases employees have a suspicion of danger but do not act on it.
"The bottom line is that employees deserve to feel safe while at work. Under federal law, OSHA requires it, labeling it a company’s responsibility and obligation to provide a safe workplace environment for their employees. In all fifty states, Worker’s Compensation regulations also cover the protection of employees in the workplace," he said.
Haley includes preparation, emergency planning and how to respond to the threat of violence in his training, "Active Shooter: Workplace Preparedness Plan" which will be presented live on August 25.
Active Shooter Preparedness Plan (75 minutes)
A recorded version of the training is currently available, and these related training programs:
Active Shooter: Surviving an Attack (14-minute training video)
The Unthinkable: Violence in Healthcare (150 minutes)