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Concerns About Workplace Safety Arise In Wake Of Recent Shootings In NY, NJ

Documents from a workplace safety webinar conducted by Operations Inc. in 2010 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Documents from a workplace safety webinar conducted by Operations Inc. in 2010 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

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NORWALK, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – In the wake of recent workplace shootings in New York and New Jersey, a human resources firm in Norwalk, Conn. said companies need to better prepare for extreme and unthinkable events.

Founder and president of Operations Inc. David Lewis, said communication and training can help a company be ready for a workplace shooting-type incident.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

“Do they have some type of security plan in place? Have they provided any training to their managers so that a manager understands how to, in some cases, recognize the more volatile employee, but also manage those situations.”

Louis said he has heard from a few concerned clients and is looking at providing a workplace safety webinar that his firm has conducted in the past.

“When incidents like these come up, you get an increase in the level of activity and awareness about ‘hey, have we done the things we need to do,'” Louis said. “So I look at it and think most companies are not really all that prepared for this kind of incident.”

The concern about workplace safety comes after two recent shootings in N.Y. and N.J.

Friday morning, two employees were killed in a shooting inside a Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, N.J. before the gunman killed himself, authorities said.

Last week, 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson shot and killed his former co-worker, 41-year-old Steven Ercolino, outside Hazan Imports on West 33rd Street near the Empire State Building, police said.

Johnson had worked at Hazan Imports for six years before being laid off about a year ago, authorities said. He and Ercolino had been in an ongoing dispute prior to the shooting.

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