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February 14, 2011

The Most Violent and Dangerous Industries

According to Infographicshowcase In 2009, 4,340 workers lost their jobs as a result of fatal occupational injuries in the U.S. Now, here’s a disturbing statistic. Shooting deaths accounted for 12% of all fatalities in the U.S., and last year, more retail workers and supervisors lost their lives than police officers in the line of duty.  So, apparently, the greeter at Wal-Mart is more likely to be shot than the average cop.  The myth of retail store safety has been shattered.

These new data are from a special survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Survey of Workplace Violence Prevention looks at the prevalence of security features, the risks facing employees, employer
policies and training, and related topics associated with maintaining a safe work environment. Data are available for private industry, State government, and local government by industry and size of establishment, that is, the number of workers employed. Over 128 million workers were employed at the 7.4 million establishments represented by the survey.

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