Posted On: September 2, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

About 564 Work-Related Homicides Occur Yearly, Reports US Labor Department

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2004 and 2008 there were an average 564 work-related homicides taking place in this country each year. Among the 2008 statistics:

• 99% of the 421 workplace shootings that happened were in retail trade.
• 10% of all fatal work injuries were workplace homicides.
• 4 out of every 5 homicide victims were male.
• 72% of assailants for men and 51% of assailants for women were robbers and other assailants.
• Personal acquaintances and relatives comprised 28% of assailants for women and 4% for men.
• There were 30-near-multiple workplace homicide incidents involving 7 suicides and 67 homicides.
• 80% of homicides (421 fatalities) involved shootings.
• 12% of shooters were ex- and current coworkers.
• 40% were robbers.
• 48% of shootings occurred in public buildings.
• 86% of shootings took place in the private sector.
• 14% took place in government.
• 26% of shooting decedents were involved in sales and related occupations.

Chicago, Illinois Workers Compensation
Our Chicago workers’ compensation law firm represents clients injured or those whose loved ones died from work-related accidents, illnesses, or crimes. Employees and their families cannot sue their employers, but they can avail of the work injury benefits that they are owed under state law. It doesn’t matter whether anyone was at fault.

Unfortunately, some insurers will try to dispute your claim. Or, you may receive less benefits than what you are actually owed. It is important that you have good Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation legal representation.

Workplace Shootings, US Department of Labor

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Act (PDF)

Illinois Department of Labor

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