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Injuries to restaurant workers cause employees to miss an average of 30 days from work, according to a report released Wednesday by AmTrust Financial Services Inc., a provider of workers compensation insurance.
For its research, the New York-based workers compensation insurer analyzed claims data from more than 84,006 claims from 2013 to 2017 by the company’s restaurant clients, according to a statement.
Injuries varied across restaurant types and ranged from just a few days to over a year of time lost for certain injuries, including “barista wrist” suffered by coffee shop workers and barbecue workers’ muscle strains.
AmTrust’s data also indicated that restaurant claims increase in the summer months, which is peak season for many restaurants, with up to 5% more employees on staff in June, July and August compared with other months. Similar to past years, July was the highest month for claims in 2017, with 13% more claims than an average month.
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“Employee safety is a priority and, in this competitive environment where restaurants are vying for qualified employees, it is difficult when accidents and injuries cause time away from work,” Matt Zender, senior vice president and workers compensation product manager for AmTrust, said in the statement. “We felt that it was important to identify commons claims across the industry and offer suggestions to help restaurant owners protect their business and employees from work-related accidents.”
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