Assault at Work

Assaults are the second leading cause of work-related deaths following roadway motor-vehicle crashes. Nonfatal work-related assault injuries continue to be on the rise. The number of workplace assault deaths have remained relatively stable since decreasing substantially in 2017. In 2019, assaults resulted in 20,870 injuries and illnesses involving days away from work and 454 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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