No, Women are not More Likely to be Murdered at Work than Men.
The claim that “women are far more susceptible to being murdered at work than men” has been heavily tweeted and retweeted over the past day.
Guns are by far the most common instrument that kills people at work. In 2013, there were 316 fatal, intentional workplace shootings. They made up 80 percent of homicides at work.
Women are far more susceptible to being murdered at work than men. While women have a lower workplace fatality rate — there were 302 fatal workplace injuries involving female workers in 2013 — 22 percent of them involved a homicide, making it the leading cause of death. For men, just 8 percent related to a homicide. That’s thanks to the fact that for victims of domestic violence, who are overwhelmingly female, the workplace is an ideal target for an abuser, given that it’s often a public and easy-to-find place. A woman is killed by an intimate partner at work about twice a month. [Vik: Links removed]
There were 397 homicides at work in 2013.
If there were 302 fatal workplace injuries involving female workers in 2013 and 22 percent were homicides, then there were 302*.22 = 66.44 women murdered at work in 2013.
That leaves roughly 397 – 67 = 330 men who were murdered while at work in 2013.
For men to be less susceptible to being murdered at work, there would have to be nearly five men working for each woman. In reality, there are only about 1.3 full-time, year-round male workers for every full-time, year-round female worker. All told, men seem to be about 280% more likely to be murdered while at work than women.