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Average injured food service worker returns to work in 30 days: AmTrust

Average injured food service worker returns to work in 30 days: AmTrust

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.

Additional highlights include: 

  • Cuts, punctures or scrapes make up a third of restaurant claims reported;
  • While sharp objects cause the most reported claims, falls and slips resulted in $198.4 million in claims paid, 4.5 times more in paid losses than for cuts, punctures or scrapes;
  • Cafés and coffee shops yield the highest lost time, on average 45% more time lost than all other restaurant types;
  • Wrist injuries are the biggest danger for coffee shop workers, with “barista wrist” resulting in an average of 366 days to return to work;
  • The average lost time due to restaurant injuries varies from less than four days to nearly two months;
  • The states with the highest average lost time were Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Vermont, while the states with the lowest average lost time were Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Barbecue restaurants have the highest days lost for “strains from lifting” with an average of 65.9 days out.

“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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