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The figures presented in this information release are for claims accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) for work-related injuries. This release covers information about claims for work-related injuries, as well as information about claims involving entitlement payments, and claims for fatal injuries. These figures include claims due to occupational disease and work-related gradual process (for example hearing loss). This commentary focuses on the provisional statistics for 2013, with trends in work-related injuries for 2002–12 towards the end.
Provisionally, there were 182,900 claims for work-related injuries that occurred in the 2013 calendar year.
Males made significantly more entitlement claims (15,200 claims) than females did (4,300 claims). Note that fatalities are under-represented by claims, as many fatalities do not result in a fatal injury claim to ACC. Workers aged 15–24 years made 121 claims per 1,000 FTEs, the highest rate among the age groups. Workers aged 65+ had the highest incidence rate of entitlement claims (18 entitlement claims per 1,000 FTEs). Similar to the pattern for all work-related claims and consistent with the age profile of the population, in 2013, workers aged 45–54 made more entitlement claims than any other age group did, with 4,500 claims. Agriculture (including forestry) and fishery workers had the highest incidence rate, with 226 work-related injury claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2013.
In 2013, agriculture and fishery workers had the highest incidence rate, at 26 entitlement claims per 1,000 FTEs.
The industry of the workplace where the injury occurred was not specified in 17,900 claims (10 percent of the total). Note that arts and recreation services include professional sporting activities and adventure sports. A high proportion of the workers in the three occupation groups with the highest number of work-related injury claims were males. For the first time, in this release, we have separated the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry into three categories for the number of claims.
In 2013, the fishing and forestry industries had the highest number of entitlement claims as a proportion of all claims within the industry, both with 18 percent of claims involving entitlement payments. The incidence rate was almost twice as high for self-employed workers (163 claims per 1,000 FTEs) as for employees (85 claims per 1,000 FTEs). The Wellington region again had the lowest rate, with five entitlement claims per 1,000 FTEs. The incidence rate has decreased each year since 2002, from 129 work-related claims per 1,000 FTEs in 2002, down to 92 in 2012. Males accounted for about three-quarters of all work-related claims each year between 2002 and 2012. The 65+ age group consistently had the highest claim rate from 2002 until 2011, when the rate fell to the same level as that for 15–24-year-olds.

In 2012, the 15–24 age group had the highest claim rate, at 118 work-related claims per 1,000 FTEs. The incidence rate for self-employed workers has been around double that for employed workers each year since 2002. Employees consistently accounted for more than three-quarters (varies between 77 to 84 percent) of all work-related claims each year between 2002 and 2012.
Incidence rates have fallen for workers in the four largest regions (Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, and Canterbury) since 2002. The data in this information release are not a definitive count of all work-related injuries, because not all result in a claim to ACC. The incidence rate for males (119 claims per 1,000 FTEs) was more than twice as high as for females (56 claims per 1,000 FTEs). This age group was followed by workers aged 35–44, who made 35,900 claims (20 percent of all claims). The next-highest rates were for trades workers (for example, builders), who had 187 claims per 1,000 FTEs, and workers in elementary occupations (for example, cleaners or refuse collectors), who had 161 claims per 1,000 FTEs.
Plant and machine operators and assemblers (24 entitlement claims per 1000 FTEs) had the second-highest rate.
This is due to a significant drop in the number of claims accepted for occupational disease and gradual process injury, in particular claims for hearing loss, among the 65+ age group. In 2012, the incidence rate was 85 claims per 1,000 FTEs for employees, compared with 147 for self-employed people. However, the increase to 84 percent in 2012 from 81 percent in 2011 has been a noticeable increase, as the trend usually only increases or decreases by one percentage point each year.
The incidence rate in the Canterbury region increased in 2011 because of the Canterbury earthquake of 22 February 2011, going against the general downward trend.
The provisional incidence rate for 2013 was 92 work-related injury claims per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). The lowest rates were for clerks and professionals, who had 25 and 33 claims per 1,000 FTEs, respectively. Forestry and fishing account for just 1,800 of the total claims, with 1,300 and 500 claims, respectively. Canterbury (28,200 claims) and Waikato (19,000 claims) were second and third, reflecting the high number of workers in these regions.
The rate for females also decreased over this period, from 73 claims per 1,000 FTEs (in 2002) to 56 (in 2012).
In 2012, employees made 148,700 claims, compared with 29,100 for self-employed workers.
However, Wellington, the third-largest region, was fifth (13,300 claims), reflecting the different composition of occupation and industry.

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