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Injury Statistics – Work-related Claims: 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 November 2016
Key facts

Issue with published data

On 18 May 2018 we identified an issue in the data published in this release. Please see Corrections for information.


Provisional data shows that in 2015:

  • 230,200 claims were made to ACC for a work-related injury – with 31,000 of these for entitlement (ie more serious) claims.
  • The overall rate of injury claims was 110 claims for every 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs).
  • The fishing industry and the transport, postal, and warehouse industry had the highest numbers of entitlement claims as a proportion of all claims within the industry – both with 21 percent.
  • People working in elementary occupations had the highest incidence rate by occupation – 238 claims per 1,000 FTEs.
  • Males had the most claims for fatal work-related injuries, with 92 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.

Trends data for 2002–15 shows that:

  • The number of claims has been steadily decreasing since 2005, but has been increasing slightly each year since 2012.
  • From 2002–12 the incidence rate fell each year (from 158 claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2002 to 111 in 2012). However, this trend has slowed since then to remain around 111 claims per 1,000 FTEs.
  • The agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry had the highest incidence rate in 2015 with 206 claims per 1,000 FTEs. Since 2014, this industry has had the highest claim rate, overtaking the arts and recreation services industry, which had the highest rate between 2009 and 2013.
  • Since 2002, the incidence rate has been consistently higher for self-employed workers than for employees. In 2015, the incidence rate was 147 claims per 1,000 FTEs for self-employed people, compared with 106 claims for employees.
  • Agriculture and fishery workers and those in elementary occupations have often had the two highest claim rates since trends started in 2002. Just under one quarter of workers in both occupations made a work-related claim in 2015.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1179-125X
28 November 2016

Updated 7 December 2016, see Corrections for details.

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