Six of the 60 fatal workplace accidents in New Zealand last year happened in the Waikato.
The region's death rate was down from nine killed in 2011.
The stark statistic is one of a plethora of facts and figures just released by Statistics New Zealand on the number of claims to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), which reveal a picture of how safe or unsafe life on the job is for New Zealand workers.
Last year 180,000 claims - 19,400 of them in the Waikato - were made for a work-related injury.
Provisional figures for 2012 also show the overall rate of injury claims was 93 claims for every 1000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
Reflecting its population - and the large number of workers employed in the forestry and farming sectors - Waikato had one of the highest rates, with 118 entitlement claims per 1000 FTEs.
Northland had the highest, with 130 claims per 1000, while Wellington had the lowest of 55 per 1000.
The Auckland region had the most work-related injury claims, with 51,500 claims (29 per cent of all claims). Canterbury (26,500) came next while Waikato (19,400) was third.
Males made 73 per cent of all claims for work-related injuries in 2012. Since 2002, males have accounted for about three-quarters of all work-related claims.
Younger workers (aged 15-24 years) and older workers (aged 65 years and over) had the highest claim rates across all age groups. In 2012, about one in eight workers in those two age groups made a claim for a work-related injury.
Pacific peoples had a higher rate of injury claims (111 claims per 1000 FTEs) than Maori (90), European (87), and Asian (55) workers.
One in four agriculture and fishery workers made an injury claim in 2012, making them the most likely occupation group to make a work-related claim.
Other occupation groups with higher-than-average claim rates were trades workers (185 per 1000); workers in elementary occupations, such as labourers and cleaners (158 per 1000); and plant and machine operators and assemblers (153).
Figures for the period 2002-11 show a steady drop in the overall rate of injury claims, from 129 claims per 1000 FTEs in 2002 to 96 in 2011.
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