One of the unique and interesting things about the United States economy is how much data is collected (and published). All sorts of information on over 1,000 industries and 800 occupations is made available on an annual basis for every county and ZIP code in the U.S. At EMSI we work hard to bring these massive datasets together and turn them into useful information.
In our work we sometimes come across “interesting” pieces of data that we aren’t quite sure how to apply or use in our data products. To shed light on some of these intriguing datasets, we’ve decided to try our hand at a few infographics.
This is our first graphic base on data compiled in 2005 by the BLS that details the industries with the highest rate of workplace violence.
A few notes …
- It’s interesting that this dataset hasn’t been updated since 2005.
- We of course do not condone or encourage workplace violence.
- Here’s an important description of the data from the BLS website:
These new data are from a special survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Survey of Workplace Violence Prevention looks at the prevalence of security features, the risks facing employees, employer
policies and training, and related topics associated with maintaining a safe work environment. Data are available for private industry, State government, and local government by industry and size of establishment, that is, the number of workers employed. Over 128 million workers were employed at the 7.4 million establishments represented by the survey.
- Notice that the survey doesn’t say exactly what happened to make these the most violent, but below the graphic we’ve included the BLS’s definitions.
FROM the BLS site …
The survey defined workplace violence as violent acts directed towards a person at work or on duty (i.e. physical assaults, threats of assault, harassment, intimidation, or bullying).
Workplace violence is classified in four types of situations:
* Criminal – when the perpetrator has no legitimate relationship to the business or its employees and is usually committing a crime in conjunction with the violence (e.g. robbery, shoplifting, or trespassing);
* Customer or Client – when the perpetrator has a legitimate relationship with the business and becomes violent while being served by the business (e.g. customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any other group to which the business provides services);
* Co-Worker – when the perpetrator is an employee, past employee of the business, or contractor who works as a temporary employee of the business and who attacks or threatens another employee; and
* Domestic Violence – when the perpetrator, who has no legitimate relationship to the business, but has a personal relationship with the intended victim, threatens or assaults the intended victim at the workplace (e.g. family member, boyfriend, or girlfriend).