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NZ Safety Statistics Are Concern

Graham Marshall - Saturday, November 03, 2012

New Zealand does not have a very big population, but more than 100 people die from catastrophic workplace accidents each year.

And nearly 1,000 people die as a result of more chronic work-related diseases such as those associated with exposure to asbestos.

Records also show that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment receives about 6,000 reports of a serious harm incident occurring in NZ workplaces each year.

Furthermore, around 190,000 people claim workers compensation medical costs as a result of being harmed at work.

Of those injured workers, around 23,000 people are injured seriously enough to be off work for more than a week and 370 people are injured seriously enough to require hospital care and be diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

These are all very worrying statistics and NZ business needs to do more to get a grip on work place hazard and risk management.

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