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Workplace Homicides, BLS 2003 Statistics

Posted in on Sat, Apr 14, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (April 14, 2007) — In 2003 workplace homicides increased faster than any other cause of a worker fatality. Transportation incidents were the number one cause of on-the-job deaths followed by falls being the number two cause and homicides as the number three cause of on-the-job deaths. Of these three top causes of on-the-job deaths, homicide, with a total of 631 workplace fatalities, is the only one on the rise and recording its first increase since 2000. Workplace suicides are also on the rise, with 218 recorded in 2003. The majority of homicides were due to shootings with 487 and 58 stabbings.

The number of females victims to on-the-job homicides was 81 percent of the 631 total equaling 512 deaths. The number of males was 19 percent for a total of 119 deaths.

Incidence by occupation:

1. Sales and related occupations – 182
2. Protective service occupations – 95
3. Transportation and material moving — 83
4. Management – 64
5. Food preparation and serving-related – 41
6. Office and administrative support — 37
7. Installation, maintenance, and repair – 27
8. Production occupations – 27
9. Construction and extraction – 17
10. Personal care and service – 11
11. Building grounds, cleaning, and maintenance – 10
12. Farming, fishing, and forestry – 9
13. Health care practitioners and technical workers – 6
14. Health care support occupations – 6
15. Supervisors, production workers – 6
16. Business and financial operations – 4
17. Community and social services – 3
18. Unspecified – 3

Incidence by Worker Location:

1. Public building – 330
2. Street – 89
3. Industrial area – 58
4. Residence – 50
5. Farm – 10
6. Institution – 10
7. Recreation Area – 6
8. Other or not reported — 78

For information on ASSE’s Workplace Violence White Paper/Survey and Recommendations please go to http://www.asse.org/naosh05.



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