Assault at Work

Assaults are the fourth leading cause of work-related deaths. Nonfatal work-related assault injuries continue to be on the rise. For the first time in four years the number of workplace homicide deaths did not increase. In 2017, assaults resulted in 18,400 injuries and illnesses involving days away from work and 458 fatalities. Assaults are categorized as intentional injury inflicted by another person and include several types of events:

  • Intentional shooting by another person
  • Stabbing, cutting, slashing or piercing
  • Hitting, kicking, beating and shoving
  • Strangulation
  • Bombing and arson
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Threats and verbal assault

This infographic provides an overview of the nonfatal trends involving days away from work, including nature of injury, part of body injured and industry. Explore the data details tab for information on fatal injuries, injury rates and historic trends.

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