Assaults accounted for 20% of occupational deaths -- 1,216 incidents in the United States in one year, according to the most recent government statistics. Homicide was the most common cause of on-the-job death among women. So how do you protect your work force? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published Homicide Alert, a booklet that may help.

To receive a copy, call 800-35-NIOSH and request publication number 93-109.

Event or exposure, and the percentage of fatal occupational injuries caused by it
Transportation accidents

Assaults and violent acts 20%

Contact with objects and equipment 16%

Falls 10%

Exposure to harmful substances or environments 10%

Fires and explosions 3%

Other 1%

Source: "Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries," Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1992.

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