North Dakota Safety Council holds violence preparedness training

Since the four murders at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, several businesses have called the North Dakota Safety Council to learn how they could better ensure the safety of their employees.

The North Dakota Safety Council decided to hold a free violence preparedness training for businesses both in Bismarck and Mandan. To their surprise so many people signed up; they had to make a second time slot and even prepare another day to do this same training.

"If people would come across something like this we would be the place they'd call. So we often don’t think about, ok, so what do we have to do," said Mike Dannenfelzer, CENCOM communications director.

Several dozen people learned about safety tips they could take back to their workplace.

"The recent events in Mandan, a lot of, you know, we have nearly 1,000 companies that are members of ours and we had a lot of phone calls saying, you know, we need some training, right? This has gotten our attention. We want to think about entrances," said Don Moseman, NDSC master instructor.

Secure entrances is one of the many layers Moseman says businesses should practice.

"If we don’t open up those conversations up now, before it happens, we're not going to be prepared," said Lori Kraus, KLJ safety representative.

An ever growing issues in work forces across the country.

"The second leading cause of death is work place violence," said Moseman.

He says North Dakota isn't immune to it and says there's steps you can take to protect your employees.

And to go with this same conversation of violence preparedness, the NDSC is also holding a self-protection seminar.


Photo courtesy: North Dakota Safety Council