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Am J Ind Med. 2000 Jun;37(6):629-36.

Killed on the clock: a population-based study of workplace homicide, 1977-1991.

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University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, Chapel Hill 27599-7505, USA. bmoracco@sph.unc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This paper describes the epidemiology of workplace homicides in North Carolina, with emphasis on the circumstances.

METHODS:

Workplace homicide victims were identified by and data were abstracted from the North Carolina medical examiner system.

RESULTS:

Workplace homicide rates are highest for men, older and self-employed workers, minorities and specific occupations, especially taxi drivers. Robberies, mostly in retail settings, accounted for half of the cases, while 20% were known to involve disputes, the contexts of which differed by sex. Women were most likely to be killed by estranged partners.

CONCLUSIONS:

Preventive strategies need to address the specific contexts in which workplace homicide occurs, such as retail and taxi robberies, and law enforcement officers interacting with suspects. A workplace response to domestic violence is also needed. Other areas for future research and intervention include environmental modifications, employee screening and training, and identifying more inclusive occupational data sources.

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