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93,800 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in full-service restaurants in 2019

December 04, 2020

Private industry workers in full-service restaurants incurred 93,800 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2019. About one-third of these cases required at least one day away from work. The incidence rate of cases involving days away from work in full-service restaurants was 88.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2019. The rate in 2018 was 73.1. For all private industry workers, the rate was 86.9 in 2019 and 89.7 in 2018.

Incidence rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers involving days away from work, private industry, 2015–19
Industry 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Full-service restaurants

80.3 77.9 76.5 73.1 88.3

All private industry

93.9 91.7 89.4 89.7 86.9

In 2019, there were 8,110 cases of cuts and lacerations in full-service restaurants that resulted in days away from work. They occurred at a rate of 23.6 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The rate for all private industry workers was 7.1.

Incidence rates of nonfatal injuries per 10,000 full-time workers involving days away from work, by selected nature, 2019
Nature of injury Full-service restaurants All private industry

Heat (thermal) burns

10.2 1.5

Soreness, pain

12.1 15.4

Sprains, strains, tears

16.3 28.9

Cuts, lacerations

23.6 7.1

Sprains, strains, and tears in full-service restaurants that resulted in days away from work occurred at a rate of 16.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers. The rate for all private industry workers was 28.9.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses — 2019.”

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 93,800 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in full-service restaurants in 2019 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/93800-nonfatal-injuries-and-illnesses-in-full-service-restaurants-in-2019.htm (visited September 18, 2021).

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