TSA worker Tony Grigsby spoke to reporters on November 4th and described how it felt to be shot at the Los Angeles airport, as reported in the Los Angeles Times article, Injured TSA worker: ‘All I could think about was helping’ people.
Grigsby was trying to help an elderly man when he was shot twice.
Most of us who travel view TSA [Transportation Safety Administration] workers as an annoyance. They search passengers before boarding. They are the folks who try to make sure terrorists don’t get on airplanes. Their job is stressful, however, and as the death of Grigsby’s colleague Gerardo Hernandez was killed in the shooting rampage on November 1 at LAX, it can sometimes be fatal.
Grigsby and Hernandez were friends.
Grigsby said his slain colleague was “very, very dear to me.” The two last spoke about vacationing in Mexico, he said. “Only now has it hit me that I will never see him again,” Grigsby said. He paused. “He was a wonderful person and a friend and I will miss him.”
The gunman, Paul Anthony Ciancia, wanted to shoot TSA agents and cause havoc. He is still listed in critical condition at a Los Angeles hospital.
According to the OSHA website, nearly 2 million Americans are victims of workplace violence every year. Employers should have a definite policy in place to deal with violence.
OSHA believes that a well written and implemented Workplace Violence Prevention Program, combined with engineering controls, administrative controls and training can reduce the incidence of workplace violence in both the private sector and Federal workplaces.
If you or someone you know thinks they have suffered an injury while on the job, whether from workplace violence or any other cause, Nate Hansford can help. Contact Nate by phone at 770-922-3660.