Provisional data show that in 2010:
- 209,700 claims in total were made for work-related injuries; these claims were made by 187,300 people.
- 11 percent of all claims were for entitlements (claims in which compensation and support beyond medical fees were required).
- Agriculture and fishery workers were the occupation group with the highest incidence rate, at 241 work-related injury claims per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
- The regions with the highest incidence of work-related injuries were Gisborne/Hawke’s Bay, Northland, and Bay of Plenty.
- The Tasman/Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast region had the most claims lodged for fatal work-related injuries, due to the Pike River mining explosion.
- Sprains and strains were the most common type of work-related injury claim, accounting for 90,600 claims (43 percent).
Trends from final data for 2002–09 show that:
- The total number of claims has continued to fall each year since 2006 (to 215,700 in 2009).
- The number of claims made by older workers is rising steadily each year, from 6,800 claims in 2002 to 11,800 in 2009.
19 October 2011