A new study of work-related injuries presented at a recent American Public Health Association meeting found that overall, female hotel workers are 1.5 times more likely to suffer injuries than their male counterparts. However, Hispanic women working in hotels were almost twice as prone to injury compared to white women. The study also found that Hispanic and Asian male employees were 1.5 times more likely to be injured than whites.
The study examined data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on close to 3,000 worker injuries at 50 unionized hotels. The injuries occurred between 2003 and 2005. The most common areas of injury were to the upper extremity, followed by back and lower extremities.
Among the first to look at injury incidence, rate, and risk ratios by gender, employer, ethnicity, and race in the United States hotel industry, the study does not pinpoint possible causes for the disparities in injury rates. Future studies might examine injury prevention strategies for this group of workers.