Every year, millions of American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016.
There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from 2015. The 2016 total was the highest since 2010. Of the workplace homicides in 2016, 409 (82 percent) were homicides to men and 91 (18 percent) were homicides to women. Homicides represented 24 percent of fatal occupational injuries to women in 2016 compared with 9 percent of fatal occupational injuries to men.
Violence is the third leading cause for healthcare workers, and employees in professional and business services like education, law and media.
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