Sprain and strain injuries dominate ACC claims
Almost half of all ACC claims are made for sprain and strain injuries, according to Statistics New Zealand.Labelled “the most common work-related injuries,” they have been dominating Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) clams for almost a d
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
Almost half of all ACC claims are made for sprain and strain injuries, according to Statistics New Zealand.
Labelled “the most common work-related injuries,” they have been dominating Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) clams for almost a decade.
In 2009, 94,400 claims – 44 % of all work-related injury claims – were made for sprain and strain injuries. It is significantly higher than the number of claims for any other type of work-related injury, with this trend remaining consistent from 2002.
Entitlement claims, which include payment for treatment, weekly allowance, and costs associated with rehabilitation, or death, made up 13% of all work-related claims last year, with sprain and strain injuries amounting to 37% of this figure.
Men aged between 35 and 44 years old have been at the top of the list for consistently making the most claims from 2002, accounting for approximately 45% each year.
But 2008 broke that trend with workers aged between 45 and 54 making 600 more claims than those aged between 35 and 44.
Women make only approximately 30% of all claims each year, which tend to be half the rate that of men.
Elementary occupations, plant and machine operators and assemblers, trades workers, and agriculture and fishery workers make the most work-related injury claims.
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
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