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Farms no longer NZ's riskiest workplaces

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/11/2016

For the first time in eight years, farms are not New Zealand's riskiest workplaces.

Instead Statistics NZ's latest provisional report showed cleaners, rubbish collectors, couriers and labourers had made the highest rate of work-related injury claims.

For every 1000 full time workers in this category of workers, 238 claims were made to the Accident Compensation Corporation in 2015.

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers made 233 claims per 1000 workers, down from the 242 claims per 1000 workers the year before.

The reduction in claims by agricultural workers comes as Worksafe NZ partnered with farmers and rural communities in February 2015 to launch a major education campaign aimed at tackling the high number of deaths and serious injuries on farms.

The drive included a dedicated Saferfarms website set up by Worksafe NZ.

Since 2002, farmers and fishery workers and those in the "elementary" occupations, including cleaners, rubbish collectors and labourers, have consistently had the two highest claim rates.

Just under one in four workers in these occupations made a work-related injury claim in 2015.

Overall, for every 1000 full time workers in New Zealand there were 110 claims approved by the ACC in 2015.

The Gisborne/Hawke's Bay area had the highest rate of claims with 151 per 1000 full time workers, while Auckland and Wellington had the lowest rates.

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