1. Taxi drivers are over 20 times more likely to be murdered on the job.
Because taxi and for-hire drivers have a “cash” transaction, are often alone in isolated conditions at night and in high crime areas with people under the influence of alcohol, they are at an elevated risk of violent encounters.
OSHA suggests “employers” are responsible for controlling these risks by assessing the job’s potential hazards and implementing physical and procedural methods designed to reduce them.
2. On average, employees spend five days away from work after being assaulted on the job.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported 18,400 assaults at work during 2017. These events included everything from threats and verbal attacks, bombing and arson, to strangulation, rape and sexual assault.
Although not specific to violence at the workplace, the Center for Disease Control reported absenteeism accounts to $225.8 billion annually in the U.S., or $1,685 per employee.
3. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports men make up 82% of all workplace homicides.
According to the same data, 69% were between the ages of 25 and 54, while 31% percent worked in the retail establishment and 23% were performing protective services activities.
Additionally, 16,890 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence that required days away from work. Of those victims, 70% were female, 21% required 31 or more days away from work to recover and 19% involved three to five days away from work.
4. Murder is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace
In fact, 42% of women murdered at work are killed by a family member or domestic partner. Not only that, a National Safety Council analysis shows women account for 70% of all assault-related injuries involving days away from work. In 2017, women with assault-related injuries at work peaked at 12,820, spiking a whopping 60% since 2011.
Using data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2011 and 2017, the top five states most likely to experience female workplace homicides were Arkansas, South Carolina, Nevada, Florida and Tennessee.