August 26, 2012
Frank Rudewicz, Advisory Services Principal, Featured in The Boston Globe Article "Employers Revisit Violence Prevention Efforts"
By Katie Johnston
In the video, fictional office workers go about their day, making copies and getting coffee, when a man clad in black walks into the lobby and opens fire. Some of the employees run out the back; others lock office doors and turn out lights. When the shooter bursts into the break room, workers attack him with a chair and a fire extinguisher.
The six-minute video - “Run. Hide. Fight.” - aims to instruct people on how to react in the event of a workplace attack and was recently sent to faculty and staff at Boston University by BU police, following shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Scott Pare, the deputy director of public safety at BU who e-mailed the link to the video, said it has already raised awareness, with some staff members identifying hiding places and potential weapons, such as a stapler, to use to fight a shooter if necessary.
Despite all the attention on preventing workplace violence, there’s still a long way to go, said Frank Rudewicz, a Boston attorney and security consultant who served on a committee to create a national standard for workplace violence prevention.
“With all the attention that has been given with the shootings and the horrendous acts,” he said, “you see a new one pop up almost daily around the country.”