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Workplace homicides up last year in Washington

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm with No Comments »
February 1, 2010 1:19 pm

The state saw an uptick in workplace-related homicides in 2009, with the slayings of six law enforcement officers comprising nearly half of the on-the-job slayings.

The state Department of Labor & Industries reported today there were 62 workplace-related deaths last year. That’s down from a total of 69 workplace-related deaths in 2008.

The number of workplace-related homicides and suicides, however, increased in 2009. There were 13 homicides – including the deaths of a Seattle police officer, four Lakewood police officers and a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy – and seven suicides last year. In 2008, there were eight homicides and two suicides, the agency reported.

Of the seven other workplace-related homicides in 2009, two occurred in Pierce County – the slaying of a taxi driver in Tacoma during a robbery and the shooting death of a Loomis armored car guard at the Lakewood Wal-Mart during a robbery.

The state agency reported the number of construction-industry fatalities declined from 19 in 2008 to seven in 2009.

You can find the agency’s occupational fatality report here.

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