Violence at Work Killed 26 in NYC Last Year

September 18, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015
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NEW YORK—Ten people died during shootings that occurred on the job in New York City in 2012.

Overall, 26 people died at work in 2012 from intentional harm, 17 in homicides, 8 in suicides, and 1 from injuries inflicted by an animal.

These deaths make up a third of the 75 total workplace fatalities in New York City in 2012, according to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Sept. 18.

Across the United States, 4,383 people died on the job, according to initial data for the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which was released in August.

Those working in transportation, utilities, or in a trade were most likely to come to harm, accounting for 26 of the fatalities, up from 17 in 2011. Construction was the second most dangerous industry, with a total of 20 deaths, 11 of which were from people tripping and falling. Four deaths were from people coming into contact with dangerous equipment or objects.

After workplace violence, death from falling was the second most common cause of death, resulting in 21 of the 75 deaths. Of those 21 incidents, 19 were from people falling a significant distance, such as to a lower level.

Of the 75 people who died in New York City in 2012, 73 were men, and nearly 50 percent were black or Hispanic. Nationally, only 26 percent of fatalities were of black or Hispanic workers.

On the job injuries in New York City hit a high of 191 in 1993 and dropped to a low of 63 in 2009.