Suicide in the workplace: Which professions are high risk?

  • Protective service occupations

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    People serving a community's need for protective services -- including firefighters, police and other law enforcement officials, private detectives and investigators, as well as animal control workers -- were found to have the highest rates of suicide in the workplace: 5.3 per 1,000,000 workers.

    The researchers say this may be due primarily to easy access to firearms on the job; a total of 84 percent of suicide in these professions involved guns.

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