Our Scariest Security Risk – Catastrophic Acts of Violence

Scariest Risks

Scariest Risks
Acts of senseless, catastrophic violence—shootings causing multiple fatalities and injuries—have occurred in shopping malls, restaurants, fitness centers, movie theaters, places of worship, military bases, grocery stores, summer camps, schools, nursing homes, and places of employment. They are my scariest security risk.

Going forward, corporate leaders from risk managers all the way up to the “C-suite” level will be called upon to become more diligent in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of their patrons, students, guests, employees and others.

As more attention is placed on organizations “Duty of Care” and “Standard of Care” requirements as well as OSHA’s increasing attention to acts of violence within the workplace, a greater degree of responsibility will be expected.

Failure to meet these expectations may result in findings of negligence, loss of revenue, significant recovery costs, large financial settlements/judgments, reputational damage, and most importantly…. the loss of life. (Check back next week, when I’ll tell you some things you can do to safeguard your workplace.)

This post was part of the special feature about Our Scariest Risks, published October 29, 2012. The feature also included these other risks:

About Kevin Wilkes

Kevin is Vice President and Risk Control / Security Practice Leader in Willis' Risk Control & Claim Advocacy pr…
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