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IN 2001, 5,900 people in the United States were killed at work. The ways people died included motor vehicle deaths, accidents with machines, falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and homicides. The number of workplace homicides (the killing of one human being by another) was the lowest since the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) began collecting data on workplace homicides.

To fully understand workplace homicides, it is necessary to consider the characteristics of the offenses, victims, and offenders; the causes of workplace homicide; reasons for decreases in workplace homicides; and strategies to deal with offenses.

A number common patterns have been found in workplace violence cases. For instance, offenders and victims tend to be males. According to the Department of Justice (2001), between 1993 ...

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