Cold, Hard, Realistic WPV Statistics

by todaystrainingblog

Many times I talk to people and get asked “It isn’t that important is it? I mean it’s not like it hits close to home or me”. But in that respect they’re wrong. Workplace violence (WPV) impacts every single one of us in.
Whether it is your family member or friend that is assaulted or your job goes away because of an incident, it hits everyone. And the one aspect of this is that no matter what industry it hits or how many people are affected directly, we all pay the price.
So in order to get my point across to everyone, here is a list of cold hard statistics about WpV. I have culled these from numerous different sources. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011 was the latest), a study by Allied-Barton (2010), and another by the University of South Florida in 2005;
• 25% of employees view their jobs as the main cause of stress
• 75% of employees believe their job is more stressful than a generation ago
• Employees come back, usually, within 6 months to commit their ‘rampage’
• 100% of companies have experienced a form of workplace violence
• 52 percent of employees have witnessed, experienced, or heard about an event that could lead to WPV
• ONLY 17 percent of workers believe their employers have a high interest in preventing WPV
• 70% of companies have no plans to deal with it
• 29% who do witness violence say they never report it * Murder is the #3 cause of death in the workplace
• Murder is the #1 cause of death for women
• 11% of workplace fatalities are homicides.
• 365 – 525 people are murdered while at work
• 50% of all employees a year are threatened or harassed
• 10% of employees a year are assaulted either verbally or physically
• 40% of all murders in the workplace involving women are related to domestic violence
• 3 – 4 women are murdered by their significant others every single day of the year
66% of * perpetrators will commit suicide – either by themselves or by police
• 2% of total nonfatal lost work-time injuries are by assault.
• $4.2 billion in costs to American businesses per year in missed days and legal costs
• $35.4 billion yearly
• $5.6 million settlement for each employee killed
• $1.2 million inadequate security lawsuits
• $30,000 for psychological therapy for each employee affected
• 33%- 66% of employees will leave due to the incident
• $25,000 – $50,000 to replace each employee who leaves
• $50,000 to clean-up and replace office supplies and furniture
• 6 – 8 weeks for productivity to get back to 100%
• 85% is criminal intent- meaning it occurs because of another crime i.e. robbery
• 7% is the traditional worker-on-worker
• 5% is conducted by someone with a personal relationship to a worker.
• 3% is perpetrated by someone with a connection to the business i.e. student, patient, client, or inmate. (While this category is lowest, the majority of non-fatal violence is in this group.)
• 21%of homicides are committed by work associates
• 12%of assaults are by co-workers
• 9% of all assaults are by customers
So, you think that it won’t affect you so much? Remember WPV can strike anywhere, at any time, for any reason, to anyone. It happens in hot and sweaty manufacturing plants to the offices of prestigious law firms as well and everything in between.

Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.