Almost 800 occupational fatalities occurred from workplace violence in 2011, according to preliminary statistics from the Justice Department. Nearly a third of those killed were in management or sales related positions.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) also found that women were twice as likely to be victims of fatal workplace violence. Check out the full infographic from Seyfarth Shaw, LLP and the BJS report Criminal Victimization, 2011.
Law enforcement officers, security guards, and bartenders had the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence overall, according to the BJS. Non-governmental data suggests medical personnel are also at risk of higher rates of workplace violence. A survey released last November by the Emergency Nurses Association found that among emergency room nurses, 13 percent reported experiencing physical violence in the last seven days. The ENA study found that most incidents weren’t being formally reported.