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While workplace homicides continue trending downward in private-sector jobs, the overall picture of violence at work is mixed, according to a report released last week by NCCI Holdings Inc.
Worksite homicides declined 14% in 2004, nearly four times the 4% drop in killings for the nation as a whole, states the 28-page report "Violence in the Workplace--An Updated Analysis."
Yet while the rate of "simple assault" has decreased nationwide, the rate of "lost work time assaults" has continued to rise since 1999, according to the study based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and claims information from the Boca Raton, Fla.-based NCCI.
However, the workplace incidence of homicides and assaults is significantly lower than that experienced in the general population, the report states. For example, workplace assaults account for less than 2% of all lost work time injuries and accidents.
Among other key findings, the report states that robberies are the major cause of workplace homicides, accounting for about 75% in cases where a cause has been identified. About 60% of workplace assaults are concentrated in health services, social assistance and personal care occupations, with nursing home workers often becoming victims.
The report is available at www.ncci.com/NCCI/index.aspx.