Sprains and strains most common work injuries

The day-to-day grind of work could be more hazardous for you than you might think.

A Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) report released today showed 213,000 work-related injury claims were made through ACC last year.

Sprains and strains were the most common work injuries, making up 44 percent of all work-related claims.

However, most of these claims were minor and only 13 percent resulted in compensation and treatment claims.

The number of claims relating to sprains and strains was consistent with trends over the past eight years, SNZ said.

Open wounds were the second highest work injury claim at 13 percent, and bruises third at nine percent.

Males made up 71 percent of the claims and workers aged 35 to 54 were responsible for 46 percent of all work-related injury claims.

The four most common occupations for filing work-related injury claims were plant and machine operators and assemblers, trades workers, and agriculture and fishery worker groups.

These groups account for 58 percent of all work-related claims.

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