In December the Ohio General Assembly expanded the state’s concealed carry weapons (CCW) law to allow employees to bring handguns to their company’s parking lot and not face disciplinary action even if the company has a gun-free workplace policy. The guns must remained locked in the employee’s personal vehicle. About half of the states have similar laws allowing guns on private company parking lots.
In Ohio CCW holders may also bring their guns to non-federal government building parking lots and school zones under the new law, which takes effect March 21.
Child care centers and universities and colleges can decide to allow them as well.
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In 2015 there were 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in the United States. The statistics show 486 people were killed by someone using a firearm. That figure was up from 2014, when 453 people were fatally injured by firearms at work.
Of the 202 employees fatally injured at work that year in Ohio, 18 people died from firearms injuries. That was down from 22 firearms deaths in 2014, according to the BLS data.
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Ohio, the nation’s seventh largest state, also ranked seventh nationally for the number of people killed by firearms at work that year.
California and Texas had the most, with 55 each, followed by Florida and Michigan, with 26 each. Georgia had 23 firearms fatalities and New York had 21, according to the BLS.
Only two states, Alaska and West Virginia, had no workplace gun fatalities in 2015.
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11-6-03 -- Security guards for Watkins Motor Lines in West Chester hug outside the trucking docks after two people were killed and three others injured inn a shooting rampage on Nov. 6, 2003. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
An analysis of the national data shows:
- Men are far more likely than women to be killed by guns at work, with 428 males among the dead.
- Shootings at private industries accounted for 403 deaths and the other 83 were in government facilities.
- Tending a retail establishment was one of the more dangerous occupations, with 118 of the fatalities occurring there.
- People in protective service occupations, including law enforcement and security guards, accounted for 81 of the gun fatalities.
- 225 of the fatalities occurred in public buildings, mostly stores and offices.
- 68 of the people killed at work by guns were in parking lots or garages.
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