Are You Safe at Work?
Violence against federal employees and federal contractors seems to be on the rise.
On Aug. 21, former Bureau of Labor Statistics employee Kevin Downing walked into his former employer’s building in New York City, killed a building security guard, and then shot himself.
In July, Mohammad Abdulazeez attacked a military recruiting center at a Chattanooga strip mall in Tennessee and then proceeded to a local Navy operations support center where he killed four Marines and a sailor.
Last November, 49-year-old Larry McQuilliams went on a rampage in Austin, Texas, shooting up a federal courthouse and the Mexican consulate before being shot dead outside Austin police headquarters.
These three incidents point out the dangers for federal employees and contractors. The latest data shows that federal employees suffered 129 work-related deaths in 2013, of which 34 deaths were due to intentional injuries inflicted by another person. These numbers exclude military personnel and federal contractors, who have suffered most of the federal work-related homicides this year so far. (Read more...)