Workplace Homicides Up 50 Percent In The Last Year

An analysis of American workplaces notes a 50 percent rise in workplace homicides.

The massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school reinvigorated the dormant debate over gun control and how best to stop the gun violence in schools. Now, new research suggests that violence in the workplace also has jumped dramatically, with workplace killings up 50 percent in the past year alone.

That would make 2012 the "worst year in about 20 years" for workplace homicides, according to Dr. Larry Barton, president of the Bryn Mawr, Pa.-based American College, an expert in crisis management and violence in corporate America. In a previous interview with AOL Jobs, Barton said that his statistics are based on data he collects from his clients, which includes a roster of 40 Fortune 500 companies.

"Up until 2011, we had an average of two people killed at work every workday, so you could average it out to about 10 a week," Barton told the Houston-based Cypress Creek Mirror. The 50 percent increase in workplace homicides in 2012 is "stunning," Barton noted.

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The most recent government statistics on workplace homicides are from 2011, but these statistics have shown an opposite trend from what Barton notes. According to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicides in the workplace were on a steady decline from 2003 to 2011, from 632 to 458. (In 2011, the BLS changed how it measures workplace violence to adapt the metrics for the modern digital workplace, but that had little impact on homicide statistics.)

But Barton believes the recent uptick is due to the economic crisis, which has dragged on for too long.

In speaking to AOL Jobs earlier this year, Barton said, "Many of us who thought the [economic downturn] was going to be a short-term hiccup, and so that gave us temporary comfort," he says. "But it has become an ulcer, and with a lot more anxiety about cutbacks, people wondering, 'Am I next?"

And so while "you would think people would lie low and do their work," Barton says "that's not the case, it seems people become more provocative."

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January 28 2013 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People need to also take Vitamin one is getting enough sunlight and also people need to be nicer to each other!! It seems people are getting meaner and tougher..very sad

January 28 2013 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Workplace homicides are up 50%. Hey, how about everybody brings a gun to work? That would make things MUCH safer!

January 28 2013 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People are expected to work more hours and do more jobs and make less money. Average workers are being exploited by employers who are always looking to cut their bottom line and increase their own salaries simultaneously. This is only going to get worse as American workers will be competing with the illegal aliens that will be allowed to stay and work here under the immigration plan proposed by our elected officials.

January 28 2013 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The spread of the big stores box allowed consentrations of these trouble makers. Now you never know when the trouble will start. The older workers and immigrants fear reporting the incidences because the fear reprisals or that they may lose their jobs for compaling especially since the Labor Department is turning a blind eye.

January 28 2013 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If you haven't been assaulted by youths on the job your probably just lucky.

January 28 2013 at 5:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

There were less incidences in manufacturing as opposed to retail because retail is replacing manufacturing where mature skilled older workers once dominated. Today scores of wild youth from the ghetto run hog wild mismanaging others, abusing older workers, and disrespecting their elders.

January 28 2013 at 5:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

killing is seemingly becoming an acceptable part of US culture.

January 28 2013 at 4:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Violence is usually carried out by the young disturbed youth or iniatiated by the same. Get the trash out of management an the numbers will drop.

January 28 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Dr Barton is just trying to get his name in the papers. Republicans will do anything or say anything to make the news. Ego problem.

January 28 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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