Nearly one in four Philadelphia-area workers who died on the job in 2006 was a homicide victim, the highest proportion in the nation. The U.S. Labor Department reported in December that 89 workers in the area died on the job in 2006, 22 of them by homicide.
Nationwide, the most common cause of workplace death was highway accidents. In metropolitan areas, however, workers were most likely to die because of falls at construction sites.
Twelve of the 22 Philadelphia homicide victims were killed during attempted robberies. Thirteen were killed by current or former co-workers.