Workplace violence by occupation | SSE today

This is a very grim statistic. From 1992 to 2019, workplace violence killed nearly 18,000 people.

This number comes from a recent study by NIOSH, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an overview of workplace violence in the United States over the 27 years from 1992 to 2019. they define workplace violence as incidents that occurred outside of the workplace, but stemmed from work-related issues.

Looking specifically at 2019, the most recent year included in the study, the total of 454 homicides represents a 58% decrease from a peak of 1,080 in 1994, but also an 11% increase since 2014. Homicides as a percentage of the total number of fatal work injuries have decreased. from 17% in 1993 to 8.5% in 2019.

More than 40% of workplace homicides during this period occurred in public buildings such as convenience stores and office buildings. Most other workplace homicides took place on the street, in private residences and on industrial premises.

For non-fatal incidents of workplace violence, from 2015 to 2019, the average annual rate was 8 per 1,000 workers. Law enforcement and security professionals had the highest average annual victimization rate, at 77.5 per 1,000 workers, followed by mental health professionals (45.2 per 1,000) and health professionals (15.1 per 1,000). For workers in correctional occupations, a subcategory of law enforcement and security, the victimization rate was 149.1 per 1,000.

From 2015 to 2019, the occupations with the highest incidence of workplace homicides were sales, protective services (police and fire), and transportation (see chart).

To help understand the issue, the report provides data structured around 13 key “indicators” such as characteristics of victims of workplace violence, characteristics of offenders, use of weapons, treatment of non-fatal injuries in emergency services and the socio-economic problems that result from workplace violence.

Available on the Bureau of Justice Statistics website, the study “Indicators of workplace violence, 2019draws on five nationally representative data sources, including the Census of Fatal Injuries at Work, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the National Survey of Victims of Crime, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the National Vital Statistics System.

Michael A. Bynum