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Accommodation and Food Services industry snapshot 2018

The workforce

This industry grouping covers a wide range of activities, separated into four classifications:

  • Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services
  • Accommodation
  • Pubs, taverns and bars
  • Clubs (hospitality)

8% of the total Tasmanian workforce

36% work full time, compared to the state average of 63%

Over half are employed in Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services

47% of workers aged under 25 years, 2.6 times higher than any other industry

The injuries

295 injuries across the industry in 2018

40% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

7 serious injuries per million hours worked

19% lower than the state average of 8.7

Serious injury frequency rate increased by 13% over the last ten years but remains below the state average each year

The people

45-54 year olds reported the highest serious injury frequency rate

Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services accounted for the highest proportion of injuries

The majority of seriously injured employees worked in Accommodation

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 21% Cleaners and laundry workers
  • 121% Hospitality workers
  • 19% Food trades workers

The causes

The most common causes of injury across the industry

  • Body stressing
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Being hit by moving objects
  • Mental stress

Action areas

Priority conditions and causes identified in the WorkSafe Strategic Plan 2018-2023 relevant to the industry:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Hazardous manual tasks
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Mental health conditions
Updated: 11th December 2019