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Am J Ind Med. 2010 Feb;53(2):116-25. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20724.

Occupational injury disparities in the US hotel industry.

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  • 1Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, Illinois, USA. sbucha3@uic.edu



Hotel employees have higher rates of occupational injury and sustain more severe injuries than most other service workers.


OSHA log incidents from five unionized hotel companies for a three-year period were analyzed to estimate injury rates by job, company, and demographic characteristics. Room cleaning work, known to be physically hazardous, was of particular concern.


A total of 2,865 injuries were reported during 55,327 worker-years of observation. The overall injury rate was 5.2 injuries per 100 worker-years. The rate was highest for housekeepers (7.9), Hispanic housekeepers (10.6), and about double in three companies versus two others. Acute trauma rates were highest in kitchen workers (4.0/100) and housekeepers (3.9/100); housekeepers also had the highest rate of musculoskeletal disorders (3.2/100). Age, being female or Hispanic, job title, and company were all independently associated with injury risk.


Sex- and ethnicity-based disparities in injury rates were only partially due to the type of job held and the company in which the work was performed.

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