Surviving a Workplace Shooting

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5 Tips from a Safety Expert

The recent shooting in San Bernadino has brought the threat of a workplace shooting to the front of many people's minds.

For most of us, our office or workplace has never been a place where we feel unsafe. A workplace shooting is an unlikely scenario, but it's still one you need to be prepared for. The worst can happen when and where you least expect it.

In the following video, a safety expert explains several steps you can take to survive a shooting like the one in San Bernadino. Here are a few of his tips:

  • Build a barracade around the door
  • Set off fire alarms and sprinklers — anything to cause commotion and bring attention to the situation
  • Tie a belt around the door hinge to keep it form being opened
  • If a gunman breaks through the door, fight back
  • Use anything you can get your hands on as a weapon (such as a fire extinguisher or scissors)

Watch the video below, and share your own shooting survival tips in the comments.

Surviving a Workplace Shooting

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 28, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


6 Responses to :
Surviving a Workplace Shooting

  1. J T says:

    Drawing your own weapon and fighting back is good in an ideal situation. But in the confusion what do you think will happen when the next guy with his gun or a cop comes onto the scene and see YOU with a gun? They will think you are a bad guy as well and probably start taking shots at YOU ! Let’s hope the none of us ever has to make that call.

    1. Irish-7 says:

      I think about that lately, as I recently submitted security recommendations to counter “Active Shooter” incidents at my church. I am lobbying for establishing armed security teams for every service. My advice was “the agents can be known or unknown to the congregation, but they MUST KNOW EACH OTHER to avoid fratricide”.

  2. Robert Tingler says:

    I would like to have seen someone try to open the door that is supposed to be blocked by putting a belt on the hinge portion of the door opener assist. I predict that the belt will be forced back to the point where the two bars are hinged and then it will just fall to the floor. If the belt idea can be made to work, a new video should be presented that demonstrates how to accomplish the goal of keeping the door closed.

  3. Mark says:

    As a federal employee (non LEO), I’m a “voluntary victim” since my employer bans even the most basic of tools (screwdrivers, battery operated power tools, hammers, hand saws, etc.) from being brought into the office, much less firearms, tasers, pepper spray, or anything else that might be considered a weapon. I’m not even allowed to have a firearm in my personal vehicle if the vehicle is on the property. I say it in jest, but I’m surprised that they have not banned scissors and require us to use a paper cutter instead.
    A fire extinguisher can also be used as a weapon. They are made to put dry powder, CO2, or halon on a fire from a safe distance. That would be my choice if the shooter broke through the barricade, and I had the drop on him/her. Halon binds with oxygen, denying it to the fire. It can do the same to oxygen going into the lungs. Dry chemical powder extinguishers can blind and cause respiratory distress.
    The canister can then be used as a blunt force weapon.
    I know it’s not perfect, but it’d be my first choice rather than scissors.
    The massed rushing of the shooter (and reducing him/her to a bloody paste) has become a favored, almost ingrained, response of folks in countries that have had to deal with terrorism for extended periods of time.

  4. Jim says:

    You need to remake the video where the belt is being applied to the door hydraulic opener. You don’t want to strap the belt at the hinged joint, but at the ends of the pivot arms for maximum counter torque in holding the door shut. Then when the jerk is trying to push the door open, then spray him with a mouthfull of dry chemical with the fire extinguisher!

  5. Steve Whitten says:

    I personally knew one of the Virginia Beach “victims” in Jr high and High school. Unless she made a 180 with her personality; she 1) bullied the shooter, and everyone else she thought “inferior” relentlessly: as in every day and all
    day. When you have made yourself the prime target of a workplace shooter, YOU ARE GOING TO BE KILLED. Was the shooting incident entirely her fault? of course not; but the contribution of the bully cannot be overlooked either.

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