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Work-related serious non-fatal injury rate below target

Provisional 2016 data showed the rate of work-related serious non-fatal injuries fell to 14.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), Stats NZ said today. This was below the government’s 2020 target (14.5 injuries per 100,000 FTEs).

“This decline was largely driven by fewer serious non-fatal injuries in the manufacturing and construction sectors,” government injury information manager Dan Oberhaus said.

Note: 2016 data is provisional; baseline is average for 2008–10

In 2012, the Government set a target to reduce work-related deaths and injuries by at least 25 percent by 2020, with an interim target of a 10 percent reduction by 2016. Progress is measured against baselines using these indicators:

  • age-standardised rate of work-related fatal injuries 
  • age-standardised rate of work-related serious non-fatal injuries 
  • rate of work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work.

Fatalities

Fatalities are reported as a three-year moving average. Provisional data showed that for 2014–16, the average annual rate of work-related fatal injuries fell to 2.1 fatalities per 100,000 FTEs.

The latest data showed that the rate has been below the Government’s 2018–20 target since 2012–14.

Note: 2014–16 data is provisional; baseline is average for 2008–10 excluding fatalities from the 2010 Pike River Mine tragedy. This better captures the underlying trend for the purpose of setting a target. These fatalities are included in the rate data.

Time away from work

There was little change since 2014 in the rate of work-related injuries that resulted in more than a week away from work. This rate has been above the baseline since 2014.

Note: 2016 data is provisional; baseline is average for 2009–11

More information

Work-related injury targets at a glance – DataInfo+ 
Definitions used in this release.

Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the contribution of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and WorkSafe New Zealand in developing the targets in this release.

Downloadable tables

The following tables are available in Excel format from the ‘Available files' box on the right-hand side of this page. If you have problems viewing the files, see opening files and PDFs.

  1. Work-related fatal injuries, 2008–16
  2. Work-related fatal injuries by industry, 2008–16
  3. Work-related serious non-fatal injuries, 2008–16
  4. Work-related serious non-fatal injuries by industry, 2008–16
  5. Claims for work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work, 2008–16
  6. Claims for work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work by industry, 2008–16 

Ends

For media enquiries contact: James Weir, 021 285 9191, info@stats.govt.nz
Published 18 October 2017

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