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The number of people getting murdered at work is going up, according to some unsettling data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of workplace murders rose to 500 in 2016, the highest since 2010, BLS says in a report on fatal occupational injuries.

Although the number of homicides at work are surprisingly increasing, they are not the most common reason for death on the job. The leading causes included transportation accidents, such as car accidents, and falls, slips or trips. Employees also died from accidents with work equipment, BLS reports.

BLS reports that 500 people were killed at work in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from the year prior. A total of 394 people were shot intentionally by another person, while 38 were killed by stabbing, cutting, slashing or piercing.

Nearly 82% of those killed were men, with robbers being the most common assailant. Only 18% of those murdered were women, who were most likely to be killed by a relative or domestic partner.

Cashiers accounted for the largest number of homicides at work (54), ahead of first-line supervisors of retail sales (50) and police officers (50).

California took the lead as the state with the most workplace murders (46), followed closely by Texas (45). Florida was third, with 28 incidents reported.

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