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Homicides and other workplace assaults by gender in 2019

August 06, 2021

In 2019, there were 454 workplace homicides, which accounted for nine percent of all fatal work injuries that year. While men comprised the majority (366) of workplace homicides, homicides accounted for nearly three times the share of all workplace deaths for women than for men. Around 20 percent of all workplace deaths occurring to women (88 of 437) were due to homicide, compared to 7.5 percent of all workplace deaths occurring to men (366 of 4,896) in 2019.

Homicides as a percentage of total workplace fatalities, by gender, 2019
Fatal incidents Men Women

Homicides

7.5% 20.1%

All other fatal incidents

92.5 79.9

There were 41,560 nonfatal assaults and intentional injuries at workplaces in 2019 that involved at least one day away from work. Women accounted for 63.5 percent of these nonfatal incidents. In 2019, of the workers experiencing a nonfatal assault or intentional injury, 43.5 percent (18,090) were injured by a patient, 22.8 percent (9,460) by a student, and 10.4 percent (4,330) by a client or customer.

Nonfatal assaults and intentional injuries by selected sources of injury, 2019
Source of injury Number of injuries

Patient

18,090

Student

9,460

Other client or customer

4,330

Inmate or detainee in custody

3,600

Suspect not yet apprehended

1,110

More information on fatal and nonfatal injuries due to workplace violence and data on other types of injuries and illnesses to workers are available from the Injuries, illnesses, and Fatalities program. For more information, see “Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2019” and “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2019.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Homicides and other workplace assaults by gender in 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/homicides-and-other-workplace-assaults-by-gender-in-2019.htm (visited December 04, 2021).

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