Accommodation and Food Services industry snapshot 2017

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)

10% of the total Tasmanian workforce

39% work full time

45% of workers aged under 25 years, 2.6 times higher than any other industry

The injuries

315 injuries across the industry in 2017

39% of injuries in the last ten years resulted in at least one week off work

6 serious injuries per million hours worked

24% lower than the state average of 7.9

Serious injury frequency rate remained stable over the last ten years but below state average each year

The people

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

The majority of seriously injured employees worked in Accommodation

Occupations with the highest percentage of serious injuries

  • 20% Cleaners and laundry workers
  • 19% 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