Philadelphia has a reputation for being a tough town, but the City of Brotherly Love is also a dangerous place to work.
Nearly one in four workers who died on the job last year in the Philadelphia area was a homicide victim, according to the
That makes the Philadelphia region proportionately the most dangerous in the nation for workplace homicides. Of the 89 workers who died on the job, 22 of them were slain, according to theInquirer, citing a Labor Department report.
By contrast, in the New York, North Jersey area, 28 homicide victims â€” one in seven â€” were among the 198 who lost their lives at work.
Also, the total number of fatalities on the job in the Philadelphia area increased 17 percent from 76 in 2005.
In Chicago, the only other city to top Philadelphia in the number of homicides on the job, 25 workers were killed, out of 138 deaths.
Across the nation, the most common way to die on the job was to get in a highway accident. But in metropolitan areas, that type of fatality was eclipsed by the likelihood of falling on a construction site.
Philadelphia most dangerous region for workplace homicides (12/5)
December 5, 2007