Bureau of Labor Statistics

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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 January 27, 2022).

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