Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Workplace violence statistics are staggering: Each year, nearly 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence, which was the 2nd leading cause of work-site deaths in the United States in 2016.


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Shootings accounted for 79% of all workplace homicides (394 fatalities) in 2016, of whom men are most often victims from a robber while women are most often the victims from a relative or domestic partner. There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, which was the highest since 2010.