Last week, a traumatic event managed to bring one of the most protected and best prepared employers to a halt. An attack was highly anticipated, but when it came, even though it wasn’t high-tech and featured only a single man armed with just a car and a knife, it was nevertheless serious enough to bring the business of government to a standstill. Given the high levels of security in place, it’s reasonable to assume there was never any real threat to MPs and other staff, who were nonetheless told to lie on the floor and locked inside while police shot dead the attacker responsible for killing members of the public just outside their place of work. That it was right to put these precautions in place isn’t in dispute, that so many other organisations have yet to put specific plans in place for supporting employees exposed to sudden death is worrying.
30 March 2017