Paying Attention to Gender Differences in Workplace Violence Incidents

Paying Attention to Gender Differences in Workplace Violence Incidents

Workplace violence is becoming an epidemic throughout the world and in America in particular. Recent statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows a significant gender variant in workplace violence incidents.

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Workplace violence is becoming an epidemic throughout the world and in America in particular. Acting wisely to mitigate against this growing vulnerability requires a broad understanding of the causes and victims, along with many other variables.

Recent statistics by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows a significant gender variant in workplace violence incidents.

Distribution of fatal injury events by gender of worker, 2015

Distribution of fatal injury events by gender of worker, 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016.

While transportation-related mishaps top the list of the causes of workplace-related fatalities for both women and men, it turns out that homicide is the second leading cause of death for women (61 women were homicide victims in the workplace in 2015). Nearly half of the killers were relatives or domestic partners of the victims. For men, the second leading cause of death was falls, slips and trips.

Robbers were the most common type of work-related homicide assailant for men and the second-most common for women. The most frequent type of assailant in work-related homicides involving women was a relative or domestic partner.

Percent of work-related homicides by gender of decedent and assailant type, 2015

Percent of work-related homicides by gender of decedent and assailant type, 2015

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016.

When analyzing specific workplace violence vulnerabilities, and when planning focused strategies to mitigate against these vulnerabilities, gender differences must be one of the examined variables. Proper gender-specific remedies exist in the professional’s toolbox and they should be applied and monitored for impact.

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