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Industry Safety Spotlight: Accommodation and Food Services

This week, we introduce a new series of blog posts. Produced in partnership with the Montana Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance program, Industry Safety Spotlight highlights the latest safety stats for a particular Montana industry. At the end, we provide definitions for some commonly-used acronyms related to the article.

Montana Industry Safety Spotlight: Accommodation and Food Services 

Photo of young girl setting the table at an upscale restaurant.

Once in a while, everyone needs a break from home. Whether you're tired of cooking, want to visit someplace new, or just don't know how to make your favorite tiramisu, you will probably seek out the Accommodation and food services industry. In 2015, over 50,000 Montanans went to work at over 3,000 restaurants, bars, hotels, motels and other workplaces in the Accommodations and food service industry.

With all those people working, some accidents are bound to happen.

Have you ever considered the safety of the employees who provide you with services? Has a worker ever tripped over the bag behind your chair or items on the floor of your hotel room? Whether you work in Accommodations and food service, or are just concerned with making their workplace safer, the best place to start is by knowing the facts.

What Comprises the Accommodation and Food Services Industry?

The Accommodation and food services industry sector (NAICS code 72) includes establishments that provide lodging or meals, snacks, and beverages for customers. These two activities are often combined at the same establishment. In 2015, there were 51,142 total employees and 3,398 total establishments in the private Accommodation and Food Services industry in Montana. Restaurants and other eating places (65%) and traveler accommodation (22%) employed the most workers in this private industry in Montana in 2015.

Number of non-fatal injuries and illnesses in private Accommodation and Food Services industry in Montana, 2011-2015

In 2011, there were 1400 workplace injuries in illnessness in the accommodation and food service indutry in Montana. In 2012, the total was 1400, in 2013, the total was 1400, in 2014, the total was 1500, and in 2015, the total was 1300. 

Number and Rate of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses

In 2015, an estimated 1,300 non-fatal injuries and illnesses occurred in Montana’s private Accommodation and food services industry, resulting in an incidence rate of 4.4 non-fatal injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers. This was higher than the national rate of 3.3 cases per 100 full-time workers.

Rate of non-fatal injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in private Accommodation and Food Services industry, Montana and U.S., 2011-2015

Montana injuries and illnesses per 100 full time workers was 5.2 in 2011, 5.0 in 2012,
4.7 in 2013, 5.3 in 2014, and 4.4 in 2015. U.S. injuries and illnesses were 3.8 in 2011, 3.8 in 2012, 3.7 in 2015, 3.5 in 2014, and 3.3 in 2015.

Work-Related Injury and Illness Facts

In 2015, 420 of the 1,300 injuries that occurred in Montana’s Accommodations and food service industry led to missed work time. The median number of workdays missed from these injuries was 4 days. Some other facts about these injuries include:

  • 47% of injuries were women. In comparison, roughly 56% of the workers in the industry are women.
  • 24% of injuries were workers aged 25-34. In comparison, roughly 26% of workers in the industry are in this age range.
  • 50% of injuries were food preparation and serving related occupations
  • 4 days = median number of days away from work
  • 21% of injuries were falls on same level
  • 26% of injuries were sprains, strains, or tears
  • 26% of injuries involved the back, including spine and spinal cord
  • 24% of injuries involved floors, walkways, or ground surfaces.

Source: Quarterly Workforce Indicators, Local Employment Household Dynamics, Montana, 2015.

Fatal injuries or illnesses resulting from work in the Accommodations and Food Services industry are rare—only three such injuries occurred in Montana between 2011 and 2015.

Some Definitions

CFOI - The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

A census that collects data on all fatal occupational injuries in the U.S. CFOI publishes numbers and rates of fatal occupational injuries.

SOII - Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

SOII is an annual establishment-based survey of private industry and state and local government establishments. This survey produces estimates of employer-reported, nonfatal, occupational injuries and illnesses.

Questions or Comments?

Please contact the Montana Occupational Health & Safety Surveillance Program at (406) 444-1722, or visit www.mtworkerhealth.com.


Research & Analysis Bureau, BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII)
Research & Analysis Bureau, BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI)
BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)


This document was funded by Grant Number 5U60OH010802-02R from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC/NIOSH.

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