Provisional data shows that in 2013:
- 182,900 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury, up from 180,000 provisional claims in 2012.
- The overall rate of injury claims was 92 claims for every 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
- The fishing and forestry industries had the highest number of entitlement (ie more serious) claims as a proportion of all claims within the industry, both with 18 percent of claims involving entitlement payments.
- Males had the most claims for fatal work-related injuries, with 95 percent of fatal claims.
- Workers aged 15–24 years and workers aged 65 years and over had the highest claim rates across all age groups.
- Pacific peoples had a higher claim rate (104 claims per 1,000 FTEs) than Māori (93), European (88), and Asian (52) workers.
- Just under one-quarter of agriculture and fishery workers made a work-related claim in 2013, the highest incidence by occupation.
Trends from final data for 2002–12 show that:
- The incidence rate has fallen each year since 2002 (from 129 claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2002 to 92 in 2012).
- Since 2002, the incidence rate has been consistently higher for self-employed workers than for employees. In 2012, the incidence rate was 85 claims per 1,000 FTEs for employees compared with 147 for self-employed people.
- Agriculture and fishery workers have consistently had the highest claim rate since 2002.
Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
15 October 2014