Six hospitality employees were killed while at work in the past two years, according to latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
However, the HSE said this was low compared with other sectors while the rate of fatal injury amongst hospitality workers had changed little in the past decade with an incidence rate of 0.2 per 100,000 workers.
The number of reported minor injuries in the sector decreased 7% in 2005/06 to 1,158 from 1,242 in 2004/05. This reversed the increasing trend since 2001-02.
And the rate of major injury to hospitality workers also fell from 69.7 per 100,000 employees in 2004/05 to 65.4 per 100,000 in 2006/06.
The HSE said more than half (55%) of major injuries to employees in the sector were as a result of "slips and trips".
Hospitality workers also have a lower than average prevalence rate of work related illness. Common health complaints include dermatitis, upper limb disorders and infections.
By Chris Druce
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