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Societal cost of workplace homicides in the United States, 1992-2001.
Hartley D; Biddle EA; Jenkins EL
Am J Ind Med 2005 Jun; 47(6):518-527
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 8,672 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2001. Although rarely calculated, cost estimates are important for prevention and research efforts. Societal costs were estimated using the cost-of-illness approach applied to CFOI data. The cost calculation model incorporated medical expenses, future earnings summed from the year of death until the year the decedent would have been 67, and household production losses (includes activities such as child care and housework). Workplace homicide had a total cost of nearly 6.5 billion dollars and a mean cost of 800,000 dollars between 1992 and 2001. The retail trade industry division had the highest number of homicides and total cost, 2.1 billion dollars, for males and 556,000 dollars for females. Estimates of the cost of work-related homicides can be used to improve occupational injury prevention and control program planning, policy analysis, evaluation of safety and health interventions, and advocacy for a safer work environment.
Workers; Work-environment; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Traumatic-injuries; Models; Safety-monitoring; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Demographic-characteristics; Sex-factors; Author Keywords: workplace violence; workplace homicide; societal costs; intervention research; evaluation research; NIOSH
Daniel Hartley, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, 1095 Willowdale Road, MS 1811, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division