Workplace Violence and Homicide

Since the 1980s, workplace violence has become a growing concern for employees as well as their employers. The term “going postal” has been used to describe disgruntled employees who seek revenge on their employers, releasing their frustration on their coworkers and supervisors through acts of lethal rage. However, this type of workplace violence, which is sensationalized by the media, represents only a small percentage of violent incidents occurring in the workplace.

Violent Workplace Incidents

United States

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) gathers and reports data on fatal incidents involving workplace violence in the United States. Since the 1980s, violence in the workplace has shown a considerable increase, with work-related homicide at the highest rate ever in 1994. However, over ...

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