NCCI Report: Workplace Homicide Drops 14%

October 5, 2006 ( - A study by the National Council of Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI), released Wednesday, looked at how homicide and assault rates have fared among different occupations, and found the number of workplace homicides have dropped by 14%.

Robberies are the most prevalent cause of workplace homicides, accounting for three-quarters of work-related deaths, according to the report. More than half (60%) of workplace assaults happen mainly in the health care services, social assistance and personal occupations, such as nursing home workers.

The most targeted occupations for workplace homicide are those where there is direct contact with the customer and where cash and other valuables are accessible, such as cashiers and sales persons (35%), taxi drivers and delivery drivers (15%), and food and lodging management and food preparation related occupations.

According to the report, workplace assaults account for less than 2% of injuries and illnesses leading to lost time at work. The most common injuries and illnesses causing lost work time are contact with an object, which causes about 28% of the injuries, and overexertion, which causes about a quarter of the injuries.

The survey also ranked the most common methods of workplace assault, which found hitting, kicking and beating at the top of the list. Other common assault methods were squeezing, pinching, scratching and twisting.

Motor vehicle injuries came in as the most costly workplace injury in terms of medical severity ($15,000), followed by crime ($11,000), and a fall/slip/trip ($10,000).

For a complete copy of the report go here .