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Violence at Work

November 13, 2012 07:56:17 am
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Seventeen percent of occupational fatalities could be attributed to workplace violence in 2011, according to the infographic, which is based on statistics compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women were twice as likely as men to be the victim of homicide in the workplace.

Occupational fatalities increased 18 percent in the 20 to 24 age range in 2011.

See the graphic below:

Workplace violence was cited as a factor in 780 deaths in 2011, according to a new infographic produced by the lawfirm Seyfarth Shaw, which highlights statistics related to occupational fatalities.

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Posted by Amalia
Thursday, November 22, 2012 04:03

An awnser from an expert! Thanks for contributing.

Posted by Michael Brady, MA, CPP
Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:13

Infographics are powerful tools for affecting perceptions, especially those of people who do not further evaluate the data. The Seyfarth Shaw infographic engages its viewers, but does so with potentially misleading representations of the statistics. The graphics chosen do nothing to explain that the 780 deaths in 2011 due to “violence and other injuries by persons or animals” included 458 homicides, 242 suicides, 37 animal and insect related deaths, and 44 unintentional or intention unknown incidents (21 involving firearms accidentally discharged by the employee himself or by a co-worker).

Most people equate workplace violence with intentional homicide, which accounted for 1 in 10 job related fatalities in 2011. This is still a significant number, but it is not the 17% of 4,690 work fatalities reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, let alone the 20% graphically depicted.

Of last year’s 458 work-related homicides, 325 were perpetrated by strangers engaged in other criminal activity such as robbery.

Most people are surprised to learn that suicide accounted for 41% of all intentional violent deaths at work in 2011.

The common image of workplace violence is mass murder perpetrated by a crazed client, disgruntled coworker, or estranged spouse. These sorts of killings accounted for 130 deaths last year.

Workplace violence is a constellation of related problems calling for a variety of specialized solutions. Aggregating these complex numbers in an infographic may raise a concern in the mind of the uncritical consumer, but it does nothing to help us address the issue’s complexities.

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