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OSH-5 Data Details

OSH-5 Reduce deaths from work-related homicides

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI); Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL/BLS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
628 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of deaths due to work-related homicides (BLS Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) code 61)
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

CFOI uses multiple data sources, including death certificates, workers' compensation reports, reports to various regulatory agencies, police reports, medical examiner records, and newspaper reports, to identify and verify work-related fatalities.

A revised OIICS system will be used for 2011 data. Although there will be changes in the OIICS numbering system and structure, it is anticipated that comparable data will be available in 2011 and later.

An average of 12 workers die each week as a result of workplace homicides in the United States. Being male; aged 65 and over; Black, Hispanic, or Asian; foreign-born; self-employed; and handling money or providing protective services puts workers at increased risk of homicide. The jobs where employees are at risk of being murdered in the workplace share a number of common factors, including interacting with the public, handling exchanges of money, working alone or in small numbers, and working late at night or early morning hours. Workplace factors can be modified to reduce or eliminate the effects of these risk factors.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 20-5 in that the Healthy People 2010 objective tracked work-related homicides per 100,000 workers (rate) while this objective tracks the number of work-related homicides (count).


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2008. Washington, DC: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDL 09-0979, August 20, 2009.
  2. NIOSH. Workplace violence prevention strategies and research needs. Cincinnati, OH: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH (DHHS) Pub. No. 2006-144.