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Work-Related Serious Non-Fatal Injury Rate Below Target

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.

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 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.

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.

More information

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


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

Downloadable tables

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


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