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Workplace violence: homicides and nonfatal intentional injuries by another person in 2020

November 21, 2022

There were 392 workplace homicides in 2020. There were also 37,060 nonfatal injuries in the workplace resulting from an intentional injury by another person.

The five occupational groups with the most workplace homicides in 2020 were sales and related, transportation and material moving, management, construction and extraction, and production. Homicides in sales and related occupations accounted for 23.5 percent of all workplace homicides in 2020.

Workplace homicides by selected occupational group, 2020
Occupational group Number of homicides

Sales and related

92

Transportation and material moving

51

Management

29

Construction and extraction

20

Production

18

Service occupations accounted for about half of all nonfatal intentional injuries by another person that required at least a day away from work in 2020. Service occupations include healthcare support, protective service, food preparation and serving related, building and grounds cleaning and maintenance, and personal care and service occupations. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations made up about 23 percent of cases.

Nonfatal workplace intentional injuries by another person that required at least a day away from work, selected occupational groups, 2020
Occupational group Number of intentional injuries by another person

Service

18,690

Healthcare practitioners and technical

8,590

Educational instruction and library

5,470

Transportation and material moving

1,560

Management, business, financial

1,360

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. Fatal and nonfatal cases shown here represent injuries within the private and public sector. To learn more about fatal injuries, see "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2020." We also have more charts on fatal work injuries. To learn more about nonfatal injuries and illnesses, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2020," "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2021," and charts on nonfatal injuries and illnesses.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Workplace violence: homicides and nonfatal intentional injuries by another person in 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/workplace-violence-homicides-and-nonfatal-intentional-injuries-by-another-person-in-2020.htm (visited November 29, 2022).

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