Tumbles top list of schoolyard mishaps

18:44, Dec 23 2012

Fungus ingestion, falling objects, explosions and implosions were among the causes of almost 58,000 schoolyard injuries suffered by children this year, according to ACC.

The cost of treating such injuries dropped this year because the number was down on the previous year, ACC said.

Figures provided by ACC under the Official Information Act show 61,362 people were injured at schools in New Zealand this year, down from 73,423 last year.

The cost of treating those injuries also dropped from $18.4 million last year to $15.6m.

A total of 57,855 pupils were injured at school, costing $13.9m, and 3507 staff were injured while at school, at a cost of $1.7m.

The single biggest cause of injury to pupils was a loss of balance or personal control, resulting in 17,902 claims. A total of 7492 pupils were knocked over by an object or involved in a collision. The third most common cause of injury was lifting or carrying, with 2676 claims.

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Four pupils were hurt when they ingested fungi.

Two were injured after getting an electrical shock and six were hurt during an explosion, blasting or implosion.

The face was the most commonly injured body part for schoolchildren - there were 7515 claims for facial injuries - and 6144 pupils injured their ankles.

Fingers and thumbs came in a close third with 5986 injuries, and 5696 pupils injured their knees.

Staff most commonly injured their lower back or spine, their knees, neck or the vertebrae at the back of their head.

The most costly single injury to a pupil at school in New Zealand this year was $78,894, while the most costly single injury to a worker at a school came in at $46,777.

ACC would not divulge what the injuries were or what caused them. Fairfax NZ

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