One in 10 workers make ACC claim
Almost one in 10 workers suffered an injury at work last year that led to a claim to the Accident Compensation Corporation, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The bulk of the claims, almost three-quarters, are by men, with the highest levels in the farming and fishing sectors.
But the overall level of claims has been steadily falling in the past decade. In 2002, there were 143 claims for every 1000 workers. In 2011 it was down to just 97 for every 1000 full time equivalent (FTE) workers.
In 2011, there were 187,900 claims made for work-related injuries made by 169,400 people. It was the first time the claims fell under 200,000 since the series of figures began in 2002.
Statistics NZ said men made up 71 per cent of all claims for work-related injuries in 2011.
Since 2002, men have consistently accounted for almost three-quarters of all work-related claims. The rate for males was 122 claims per 1,000 full time workers.
Younger workers (aged 15-24 years) and older workers (aged 65 years and over) had the highest claim rates across all age groups. Last year, just over one in eight workers in those two age groups made a claim for a work-related injury.
Pacific workers had the highest rate across all ethnicities, with 115 claims per 1,000 FTEs.
Workers from four occupation groups were the most likely to make an injury claim. Agriculture and fishery workers made the most, with a rate of 211 per 1,000 FTEs. This was followed by labourers and cleaners (183 claims per 1,000 FTEs), trades workers (180), and plant and machine operators and assemblers (166).
The trend for injury claim rates has consistently declined. Final figures for the period 2002-10 show a continual drop in the overall rate of injury claims, from 143 claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2002 to 111 in 2010.
The number of claims for fatal work-related injuries in 2011 was affected by the Canterbury earthquake in February 2011. There were 63 fatal claims in the Canterbury region in 2011, compared with 9 in the final 2010 data.