Some Professions Are More Dangerous Than Others
There have been 17 mass shootings so far in America this month. Law enforcement responded to all 17.
Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar, was shot in the face on April 8th while chasing after a suspect in yet another devastating case of workplace violence, this time in Bryan, Texas. He remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
One worker was killed and five people wounded in the mass workplace shooting where the suspect, an employee, also attempted to murder Trooper Rojas Tovar.
Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar (Texas Department of Public Safety)
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 108 fatal work injuries to police officers in 2018, the most recent year BLS reported occupational death statistics.
This represented a nearly 14 percent increase from the prior year of 2017.
Fatal work injuries to police officers occurred at a rate of 13.7 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers in 2018, as compared to the rate of 3.5 for all occupations.
Officer Eric Talley (Boulder, Colorado Police Department)
When BLS releases statistics concerning law enforcement occupational deaths for 2021, the name of Officer Eric Talley will be included -- in yet another tragic workplace violence-related event.
Officer Talley was murdered as he courageously entered the King's Soopers market in Bolder on March 22, 2021, endeavoring to stop an active shooter who had already shot nine people to death, including several workers.
Prevention is the only solution to the growing epidemic that is workplace violence.