Workers in all occupations face some amount of threat to their safety on the job. In many cases, these risks come from conditions like a slippery floor or dangerous machinery. Sadly, for some workers, the biggest threat to their safety is other people.
In fact, according to recent statistics, about 10 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2016 were the result of homicide.
What do the numbers say?
Statistics show that 500 people were killed in workplace homicides in 2016. This is 83 more cases than the year before, and the highest number reported since 2010.
In nearly 80 percent of the cases, victims were shot. Approximately 15 percent were stabbed, cut, hit or beaten.
Who is at risk?
A vast majority of the victims were male (82 percent), and most incidences were caused by a partner or relative of the victim, or during the course of a robbery.
The report also identified three occupations where the risk of workplace homicide is disproportionately high. These occupations are:
- Cashiers (54 fatalities in 2016)
- Direct supervisors of retail sales workers (50 fatalities in 2016)
- Police officers (50 fatalities in 2016)
What can you learn from this report?
This is undoubtedly a grim report. However, the numbers reveal factors that could help employees and employers across New Jersey avoid similar catastrophes. For instance, people in certain occupations may need better safety measures in the workplace. This might include secure entrances, surveillance equipment, self-defense training, and safe rooms.
What should you know if a loved one is killed in a workplace homicide?
While the risk of workplace homicide remains relatively low, these incidences affect hundreds of families across the country every year.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, due to a homicide or for other reasons, you should understand your legal options. Of course, money cannot undo the emotional hardship you have endured or bring a loved one back. However, pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, in addition to a wrongful death claim, can ensure that you collect the financial damages you are entitled to.