Former employee kills two, self at New Mexico firm

Violence third leading cause of workplace deaths in U.S.
||Last Updated: 11/09/2010

The fatal shooting of two employees at an Albuquerque, N.M., business by a former employee in July is a grim reminder workplace violence is the third most-common cause of at-work deaths in the United States, according to government figures.

A former employee of fiber optics company Emcore shot and killed two employees at the business's offices on July 12 before turning the gun on himself, according to police. One of the victims is believed to be the shooter's wife or girlfriend.

In 2008, the most recent year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has data, assaults and violent acts accounted for 816 deaths at work, down about five per cent from 2007.