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Injury Statistics – Work-related Claims: 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 October 2014
Key facts

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
ISSN 1179-125X
15 October 2014

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