Injuries resulting in more than a week away from work

The information in this report comes from WorkSafe’s New Zealand’s System for Work-related Injury Forecasting and Targeting (SWIFT). It includes ACC data on approved work-related injury claims that resulted in more than a week away from work (WAFW).

The report at the top of this page does not currently have the full set of injuries resulting in more than a week away from work data. To view the full set of data please download the source data below

This information can be used to help highlight potential work-related injury risks in your industry or region.

Week Away From Work (WAFW) injury counts have been randomly adjusted up or down to numbers divisible by three, known as random rounding to base 3 (RR3). This is done as a confidentiality measure to disguise small counts and protect the privacy of individuals with ACC injury claims that resulted in at least a week away from work. 

Note that as a result some small counts may be rounded to zero, but RR3 will have minimal effect on figures once they have been summarised by users. 

For more information on RR3 see the Stats NZ website:

http://archive.stats.govt.nz/about_us/legisln-policies-protocols/confidentiality-of-info-supplied-to-snz/safeguarding-confidentiality.aspx(external link)

More detailed breakdowns can be found in the CSVs below. 

Table 1. WAFW Injury Rate:

  • This table provides overall 12 month rolling average WAFW injury rates, per 1,000 FTEs.
  • Statistics New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) FTE counts are used as the denominator for these rates.
  • This table include the average WAFW injury rate (Baseline Average) for 2008-2010.

This table includes the WAFW injury target rates for both 2016 and 2020.

Table 1. WAFW Injury Rate (CSV)

Table 2. WAFW Injuries:

  • This table provides counts of WAFW injuries by year, month, industry level 1 and 2, and region.

Table 2. WAFW Injuries (CSV)

Table 3.WAFW Injuries Detail:

  • This table provides counts of WAFW injuries over the past 5 year period, by detailed industry, mechanism of injury, and region. 

Table 3.WAFW Injuries Detail (ZIP 3.2MB)

1. There is a six month lag applied to SWIFT data to allow time for the claim information to stabilise.

2. While SWIFT draws on ACC data, differences in counting criteria mean it may not match ACC counts, and should not be considered official ACC data.

3. HLFS full-time equivalent employee counts are the sum of the count of all full time workers plus half the count of part time workers.

4. A WAFW injury may have multiple mechanisms of injury.
Other injuries may not be able to be classified against a mechanism. Therefore, injuries by mechanism should not be used as an overall count of injuries.

5. While this report uses the Australia New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (2006) system, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry has been modified to provide additional detail (see AFF2017 variable). provide additional detail.