Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Statistics

workplace-violence-statisticsCountermeasure Consulting Group maintains that the majority of the following incidents and the resulting workplace violence statistics are completely preventable. Not only are they often preventable, employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from workplace violence.

According to the FBI report entitled “Workplace Violence-Issues in Response,” “Businesses are under a variety of legal obligations to safeguard their employees’ well-being and security.” These obligations stem from Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements and even Civil Rights law requirements. The following statistical data clearly demonstrates that violence can happen anywhere at any time. Countermeasure Consulting Group is prepared to provide practical solutions to common workplace security issues.

Workplace Homicides from Shootings

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Active Shooter Homicide Statistics in the Workplace 2010

Above, is the most recent Bureau of Labor & Statistics graphic (made available in 2013) that startlingly portrays how common active shooter events are in the United States within the workplace. This does not include hundreds of other active shooter events such as the Aurora, Colorado, Dothan, Alabama, and the Empire State Building incidents all of which occurred mid 2012. This chart shows a steady increase in the rate of these tragic incidents (homicides by gunfire) in the workplace. Countermeasure Consulting Group is the only company to specialize in working with your company or institution to implement clear policies and procedures that mitigate risks associated with these events. With years of law enforcement, intelligence and military special operations experience – to include having been involved in the direct suppression of several of these types of incidents – our staff brings a unique perspective to your training and safety needs. Reducing risk is only part of the solution. Making employees truly prepared will ensure not only their safety but also their perception of being in a more secure environment. Further, reducing your entity’s exposure to liability begins by providing your staff and employees with Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Training Courses. None of Countermeasure Consulting Group’s training requires any physical labor: it is all by a copyrighted tutorial that subliminally drives home what to do in an incident. So, if ones “fight or flight” is tested, our training will take over and effectively mitigate harm.

Recent tragedies around the country have focused attention on workplace violence in the United States. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an annual count of fatal work injuries in the United States, including homicides. From 2006 to 2010, an average of 551 workers per year were killed as a result of work-related homicides. In 2010 (the last year for which final data are available), CFOI reported a total of 518 workplace homicides, or 11 percent of all fatal work injuries that occurred that year. A total of 77 of those were multiple-fatality homicide incidents in which two or more workers were killed, including 69 homicides and 8 assailant suicides, all of whom were in work status at the time of the incident.

Shootings accounted for 78 percent of all workplace homicides in 2010 (405 fatal injuries). More than four-fifths (83 percent) of these workplace homicides from shootings occurred in the private sector, while only 17 percent of such shootings occurred in government. Workplace homicides attributed to shootings involving workers in elementary and secondary schools are relatively uncommon, although 12 were reported between 2006 and 2010. Of the 405 workplace shooting victims in 2010, 110 (or 27 percent) occurred in the retail trade industry. 1 Workplace shooting events account for only a small portion of nonfatal workplace injuries. In 2010, there were 500 nonfatal shootings with days away from work, which was a small fraction of the 1.2 million total nonfatal cases with days away from work reported in that year.

About 4 out of every 5 workplace homicide victims in 2010 were men. The type of assailants in these cases differed, depending on whether the victim was a man or a woman. Robbers and other assailants accounted for 72 percent of homicides to men, for example, and only 37 percent of homicides to women. A substantial difference exists when relatives and other personal acquaintances are the assailants: only 3 percent of homicides to men, but 39 percent to women. Assailants with no known personal relationship to their victims accounted for about two-thirds of workplace homicides. 2

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The  Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Statistics have been compiled from a number of notable sources including:

1 For more information, see Joyce Northwood, “Assaults and Violent Acts in the Private Retail Trade Sector, 2003—2008,” Compensation and Working Conditions Online, December 2011,

2 For more detailed information on workplace homicides with assailants and circumstance, see “Occupational homicides by selected characteristics, 1997–2010,”