Workplace Shootings

Shootings throughout the United States receive a great deal of coverage in the media.  The last few years have seen even more horrific workplace shootings. Though the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) keeps data on these matters, the reporting of them is sparse.

From 2004 to 2008, an average of 564 work-related homicides occurred each year in the United States. In 2008, a total of 526 workplace homicides occurred.

In 2008 there were 30 multiple-fatality workplace homicide incidents, accounting for 67 homicides and 7 suicides. On average, about two people died in each of these incidents.

Shootings accounted for 80 percent of all homicides in 2008 (421 fatal injuries). Co-workers and former co-workers were the assailants in 12 percent of all shootings.

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