Below: *Homecide rate per 100,000 workers for all retail workers, foreign-born workers, selected retail workers and selected retail workers who are foreign-born, United States — 2003–2008.
*This research was conducted with restricted access to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the BLS.
Segments within the retail industry have a substantially higher rate of work-related fatality due to workplace violence compared to the retail industry overall. Certain demographic subgroups may be at higher risk.
National traumatic injury surveillance data were analyzed to characterize the distribution of fatality rates due to workplace violence among selected retail workers in the United States from 2003 through 2008.
Overall, the highest fatality rates due to work-related homicide occurred among men, workers aged ≥ 65 years, black, Asian, foreign-born and Southern workers. Among foreign-born workers, those aged 16–24 years, non-Hispanic whites and Asians experienced substantially higher fatality rates compared to their native-born counterparts.
The burden of work-related homicide in the retail industry falls more heavily on several demographic groups, including racial minorities and the foreign-born. Further research should examine the causes of these trends. Interventions designed to prevent workplace violence should target these groups.
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By: Cammie Chaumont Menéndez,* Srinivas Konda, Scott Hendricks, and Harlan Amandus
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, 1095 Willowdale Rd., Morgantown, WV 26505, USA