The number of annual workplace homicides is down more than 50% from a peak of 1,080 in 1994, but non-fatal incidents have increased, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice that aimed to identify indicators of workplace violence from 1992 to 2019.
A total of 17,865 workers were victims of workplace homicides during that 27-year period, according to the report. 82 percent of workplace homicide victims were male and 46% of all victims were white. Black people accounted for 25% of workplace homicides and Hispanics accounted for 16% of workplace homicides, according to the data.
Shootings accounted for 79% of workplace homicides. Stabbing, slashing, slashing, and gouging accounted for 9% of workplace homicides. Other causes were hitting and kicking.
The timing of workplace murders was “of interest”;. According to the data, in 2015-19, 19% of workplace homicides occurred between 8pm and 11.59pm; 49% from 08:00 to 19:59; and 23% from midnight to 7:59am
The report also looked at non-fatal incidents, which increased from 2015 to 2019 due to the increase in “simple assaults”, which saw a 34% increase over four years.
On average, 1.3 million nonfatal violent workplace crimes occurred annually from 1992 to 2019. Strangers committed 47% of nonfatal workplace violence, and female victims of nonfatal workplace violence were more likely to know the perpetrator.
The perpetrator was unarmed in 78% of non-fatal workplace violence, according to the data. The report also revealed that 15% of victims of non-fatal workplace violence reported severe emotional distress as a result of the crime.