Labor Law Guy

Workplace Suicides on the Rise

Posted in Random Musings by laborlawguy on October 12, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has revealed a stunning finding: Workplace suicides are on the rise, with 251 occurring in 2008, up 28 percent from 2007’s total of 196.

Of the 2008 total, 94 percent of the victims were male, 78 percent white and 14 percent managers. Almost half (48 percent) died from gunshot wounds.

The findings are part of BLS’s annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (COFI).

The United States is not the only nation with this problem. France Telecom has seen 24 of its staffers commit suicide in the past 18 months, while 13 more attempted suicide. In Japan, tabs are kept on “death by overwork” (karoshi),  and so far this year there have been 377 karoshi deaths in Japan.

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