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Injury Statistics – Work-related Claims: 2012
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  15 October 2013
Key facts

Provisional data shows that in 2012:

  • 180,000 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury. These claims were made by 158,900 people. 
  • The overall rate of injury claims was 93 claims for every 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
  • Males made 73 percent of all claims for work-related injuries, with a rate of 120 claims per 1,000 FTEs.
  • Workers aged 15–24 years and workers aged 65 years and over had the highest claim rates across all age groups, with about 1 in 8 making a claim.
  • Pacific peoples had a higher claim rate (111 claims per 1,000 FTEs) than Māori (90), European (87), and Asian (55) workers.
  • 1 in 4 agriculture and fishery workers made a work-related claim in 2012. This was the highest rate by occupation. 
  • Males had the majority of the claims lodged for fatal work-related injuries, with 95 percent of fatal claims.

Trends from final data for 2002–11 show that:

  • The total number of claims has continued to fall each year since 2007 (to 186,200 in 2011).
  • The incidence rate has fallen each year since 2002 (to 96 claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2011).

Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician

 15 October 2013
ISSN 1179-125X

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