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Guns in American society: an encyclopedia of history, politics, culture, and the law (second edition). Carter GL, ed. Santa Barbara. CA; ABC-CLIO, 2012 May; 1:945-950
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) database recorded 7,606 workplace homicides for the 1997 through 2008 time period (BLS, 2009). Seventy-nine percent or 6,011 , of these homicides resulted from shooting incidents. Stabbings accounted for 680 of the homicides and hitting, kicking, and beating accounted for 479 (BLS, 2009a). Figure 1 illustrates the correlation between workplace homicides and fatal workplace shootings. Non firearm-related workplace homicides remained fairly constant over the twelve year period. Workplace homicides and workplace shooting homicides follow relatively the same trend . For incidents where the victim-perpetrator association was known, the perpetrators in these fatal workplace shootings were mostly robbers and other assailants (78.6 percent). Work associates were responsible for 14.1 percent of the fatal workplace shootings. Spouses and other relatives accounted for 3.6 percent, while other personal acquaintances accounted for 3.7 percent. Workplace shootings are a serious concern for any workplace. In the United States, the majority of workplace shootings occur in the retail industry making implementation of OSHA's "Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments" an important consideration for preventing many of these incidents annually. For all workplaces, having a proactive prevention program in place is the first step towards eliminating or reducing these tragic events (NIOSH, 2006).
Retail-workers; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Surveillance
Guns in American society: an encyclopedia of history, politics, culture, and the law (second edition)
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