Work-related injury


This priority area is called ‘workplace injuries (including occupational diseases)’. The phrase ‘workplace’ puts the focus on the location. However, injuries that occur at a workplace are not necessarily work-related. For example, the road can be a workplace, but non-work-related injuries can also occur on the road. So, while the priority area specifies workplace, the indicators for this area focus on work-related injury.

For the purposes of the serious injury outcome indicators, work-related injury has been defined as: all fatal and serious non-fatal injuries that occur while a person is ‘at work’ in New Zealand. This includes all claims from any ACC account where the claimant can be identified as ‘at work’ at the time of the injury. For the fatal indicator, this also includes fatal harm notifications to WorkSafe New Zealand, for cases where ACC claims cannot be identified.

The scope for this priority area includes unintentional and assault injury. There are a number of exclusions, including:

  • injuries classified as occupational disease, illness, or gradual process
  • injuries to bystanders (members of the public, customers, or clients injured as a result of someone else’s work activity)
  • injuries to unpaid workers and volunteers
  • injuries to workers commuting to and from work
  • injuries to workers as a result of suicide or intentional self-harm
  • injuries to workers resulting from natural causes
  • injuries to workers who are working outside New Zealand for a New Zealand organisation (eg defence forces and New Zealand Police)
  • injury claims made to ACC where the scene is on a farm but the claim cannot be systematically identified as occurring while at work.

This definition is consistent with the resolution outlined by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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