Homicides were the third leading cause of on-the-job deaths, behind only transportation incidents (No. 1) and falls (No. 2). Of these three top causes of on-the-job deaths, homicide, with its 631 workplace fatalities, is the only one on the rise. 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.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 512 females and 119 men were victims of workplace homicides.
Many companies and organizations across all industries have yet to properly address the problem of workplace violence, ASSE reports. Here are some tips from ASSE that employers should consider for preventing workplace violence: