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Injury Statistics – Work-related Claims: 2014
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 October 2015
Key facts

Provisional data shows that in 2014:

  • 226,100 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury, with 28,100 of these for entitlement (ie more serious) claims.
  • The overall rate of injury claims was 111 claims for every 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
  • The inclusion of claims submitted by accredited employers (for the first time) led to an increase in the number and rate of claims. Excluding accredited employer claims, there would have been 191,100 claims and an incidence rate of 94 work-related injury claims per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
  • The forestry industry had the highest number of entitlement claims as a proportion of all claims within the industry, with 20 percent of claims involving entitlement payments.
  • Males had the most claims for fatal work-related injuries, with 96 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.
  • Of the four major ethnic groups, Pacific peoples had a higher claim rate (106 claims per 1,000 FTEs) than Māori (97), European (89), and Asian (57) workers.
  • Just under one-quarter of agriculture and fishery workers made a work-related claim in 2014, the highest incidence by occupation.

Trends from final data for 2002–13 show that:

  • The number of claims has been steadily decreasing since 2005, but increased slightly between 2012 and 2013 – the first increase in eight years.
  • The incidence rate has fallen each year since 2002 (from 158 claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2002 to 111 in 2013). However, this trend has slowed since 2011.
  • Since 2002, the incidence rate has been consistently higher for self-employed workers than for employees. In 2013, the incidence rate was 163 claims per 1,000 FTEs for self-employed people, compared with 106 claims for employees.
  • Agriculture and fishery workers have consistently had the highest claim rate since 2008.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1179-125X
15 October 2015

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