Before Omar Thornton went on a rampage, killing eight of his Hartford Distributor co-workers and injuring two others, the state was in the process of revising the state’s procedures for preventing workplace violence.
On Monday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell requested that the state Department of Public Works finish and distribute the new policy manual by Sept. 1.
“The heartbreaking and startling tragedy in Manchester is a stark reminder that we must do everything we can to forestall these kinds of violent outbursts,” Rell said. “Employers and co-workers alike must be aware of the warning signs when someone is reaching a breaking point. And all must be prepared to react – calmly but swiftly – in the event that an attack actually takes place.”
The last version of the manual was updated in 2007 and policies include ways to recognize potentially troubled individuals before an incident happens and steps to take in the event of an attack in the workplace.
The new plan will include updated information on how agencies can refine their individual plans for responding to active threats and guidance on the resources available from the state Department of Public Safety, Rell said.
“In the years since the 1998 shootings at the state Lottery headquarters and the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001, Connecticut state government has made a concerted effort to improve security at all of its buildings,” Rell said. “Yet – like all public institutions – we must balance those security interests with our responsibility to be open and accessible