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1 Reducing work-related fatalities and serious injury by 2020: Progress toward the target I

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3 Reducing work-related fatalities and serious injury by 2020: Progress toward the target Progress at a glance 2 Introduction 4 The indicators 5 Indicator 1: Age-standardised rate of fatal work-related injury 8 Indicator 2: Age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury 10 Indicator 3: The rate of work-related injury resulting in more than a week away from work 11 How do we compare to Australia? 12 Comparison of work-related fatality rates 13 Comparison of serious work-related injury claim rates 14 What is being done to achieve the target? 16 Appendix 1: Table of results 19 Appendix 2: Methodology for indicators 20 Appendix 3: Methodology for comparison with Australia 22 1

4 Progress at a glance The Government has set a target to reduce work-related fatalities and serious injury by at least 10 per cent by 2016 and 25 per cent by While it is still too early to say whether New Zealand is on track to meet the target, the latest data indicate that fatality and serious injury rates are decreasing. A sustained effort by everyone is required to keep rates falling. 2

5 Rate of fatal work-related injury (three year moving average) Latest result: 2012 (average for ) 1 Change from previous year: 15 per cent lower Change from baseline: 13 per cent higher Comment: Rates have been higher in recent years following the 2010 Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy and the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. Data: WorkSafe New Zealand investigations and Accident Compensation Corporation claims AGE-STANDARDISED RATE PER 100,000 PERSON YEARS Rate Targets (2016, 2020) Estimated rate to 2013 Provisional rate Baseline PAGES 8-9 Rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury Latest result: 2013 Change from previous year: 2 per cent lower Change from baseline: 2 per cent lower Comment: Serious non-fatal injury rates continue to trend downwards. AGE-STANDARDISED RATE PER 100,000 PERSON YEARS PAGES 10 Data: ACC claims and hospitalisations Rate Provisional rate Targets (2016, 2020) Baseline Rate of work-related injury resulting in more than a week away from work Latest result: 2013 Change from previous year: 2 per cent higher Change from baseline: 4 per cent lower Comment: Rates have levelled off. RATE PER 1,000 FTEs PAGES 11 Data: ACC claims Rate per 1,000 FTEs Targets (2016, 2020) Provisional rate per 1,000 FTEs Baseline 1 A three year average is used to moderate the fluctuations that can occur when reporting data with numbers lower than 100. The reporting is against the middle year. 3

6 Introduction In 2012, the Government set a target for reducing fatalities and serious injury by at least 25 per cent by The interim target is a reduction of at least 10 per cent by This report describes the targets and reports on the second year of data for monitoring progress towards the targets. 4

7 The indicators 5

8 The indicators The target is measured using three indicators. 1. The age-standardised 2 rate of fatal work-related injury 2. The age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury 3. The rate of work-related injury with more than a week away from work The first two indicators are the work-related serious injury outcome indicators (SIOI). 3 These are published annually by Statistics New Zealand. They are the official measures of injury trends in New Zealand. The third indicator is based on Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) claims data. It is less robust for measuring injury trends than the official indicators, but is timelier and represents a much broader definition of what constitutes serious injury. These indicators are used as a proxy for measuring the risk of injury. However a decrease in the indicators does not necessarily mean the risk of injury has decreased. For example, if there is a five per cent risk of injury and 100 workers per year are exposed to that risk, we would expect to observe an average of five workers being injured each year. However because it is a risk rather than a certainty, the number of workers injured in a particular year can be expected to fluctuate around this average. Statistical significance is used to decide whether a decrease in the indicators is likely to represent a decrease in the risk of injury. For most injury priority areas, fluctuations around the average are small compared with the overall numbers of injuries and deaths, so the trends are still clear. However, since there are fewer than 100 work-related fatalities each year, such fluctuations (or noise ) may hide trends in the numbers and rates of fatality. To overcome this effect, a three-year moving average is used. This means, for example, that data from 2011, 2012, and 2013 are used to estimate an indicator value for This report presents the results for each of the three indicators used to measure progress towards the target. The report also compares work-related injury rates in New Zealand to rates in Australia. A summary table of the results for all three indicators is in Appendix 1. Technical information about the monitoring progress towards the targets is in Appendix 2. Technical information about the comparison with Australia is in Appendix 3. 2 Age standardisation adjusts the rate of injury to account for changes in the age structure of the population over time

9 Statistical significance We say that a change in the number of people injured is statistically significant if we are reasonably confident that it represents a change in the underlying risk of injury. Statistical significance is based on confidence intervals, which define how much we might expect the indicator to vary at a given level of risk. If a change in the indicator is bigger than the confidence interval we conclude that the change is statistically significant. We use a 95 per cent confidence interval to determine statistical significance. This defines the range of values we might expect to see, 95 times in 100, if there has been no change to the underlying risk. If the number of people injured is within this range, we say that the difference is not statistically significant. If it is outside of that range, it means we are reasonably confident it represents a change in the underlying risk of injury, so we conclude that the change is statistically significant. How to read this report This report uses a mixture of final data, provisional data, and projections towards the target. In the case of fatalities, we estimate the rate to 2013 to show the anticipated drop in the rate of fatal work-related injury as the moving average moves away from the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. Baseline Actual Provisional Estimated Targets AGE-STANDARDISED RATE PER 100,000 PERSON YEARS Rate Targets (2016, 2020) Estimated rate to 2013 Provisional rate Baseline 7

10 Indicator 1: Age-standardised rate of fatal work-related injury Direction of change: Decreased The rate of fatal work-related injury fell 15 per cent between 2011 and 2012, from 3.6 per 100,000 workers 4 in 2011 to 3.1 per 100,000 workers in 2012 (see Figure 1). This represents a decrease from an annual average of 84.7 workers who died from work-related injuries between 2010 and 2012 ( 2011 ) to an annual average of 73.0 workers between 2011 and 2013 ( 2012 ). While the change is in the right direction, the difference is not statistically significant. Figure 1: Rate of work-related fatalities AGE-STANDARDISED RATE PER 100,000 PERSON YEARS Rate Targets (2016, 2020) Estimated rate to 2013 Provisional rate Baseline Source: Statistics New Zealand (2014) Serious Injury Outcome Indicators Fatal work-related injury rates were falling between 2002 and The increase in rates in 2009 (average for 2008 to 2010) and 2010 (average for 2009 to 2011) reflect the 2010 Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy (29 work-related fatalities) and the 2011 Canterbury earthquake (59 work-related fatalities). Next year s results will provide the first indication of the underlying trend in fatalities as the three year moving average moves away from these two events. If all else remains the same, and there are no other catastrophic events, it is expected that rates will continue to fall in Fatality and serious injury rates are calculated per 100,000 person years. For simplicity we refer to this as workers in the body of this report. 8

11 A three year average is used for the baselines. This reduces the chance that the baseline year has an unusually high or low rate. The baseline uses the most recent final official data available at the time the targets were set. In the case of the fatal work-related indicator, the baseline is the average rate for 2008 to Fatalities from the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, a catastrophic event (low frequency, high impact), have been excluded from the baseline in order to better capture the underlying trend in annual fatality rates. 5 However they are included in the rate. As a result, the rates for 2010, 2011 and 2012 were all above the baseline (see Table 1). Table 1: Age-standardised rate of fatal work-related injury (per 100,000 person years at risk) 2010 (avg ) 2011 (avg ) 2012 (avg ) 2016 target 2020 target Rate Change from baseline (Baseline Rate: 2.74) 46% higher* 33% higher* 13% higher* 10% lower 25% lower * Fatalities from the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy, a catastrophic event, have been excluded from the baseline to better capture the underlying trend in annual fatality rates. However they are included in the rate. As a result, the rates for 2010, 2011 and 2012 were all above the baseline. 5 If catastrophic events were included in the baseline then it would be possible to achieve a 25 per cent reduction through the absence of a catastrophic event in subsequent years. However the absence of such an event in a year does not mean that the risk of this type of event occurring has been eliminated. 9

12 Indicator 2: Age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury Direction of change: Decreased The rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury fell from 16.1 workers per 100,000 workers in 2012 to 15.8 per 100,000 in 2013 (Figure 2). This is 2 per cent lower than last year, however the change is not statistically significant. While the rate decreased between 2012 and 2013, the number of workers seriously injured increased from 384 in 2012 to approximately 394 in While the number of injuries increased, the rate decreased because of an increase in the population. Figure 2: Rate of work-related serious injury 25 AGE-STANDARDISED RATE PER 100,000 PERSON YEARS Rate Provisional rate Targets (2016, 2020) Baseline Source: Statistics New Zealand (2014) Serious Injury Outcome Indicators The baseline uses the most recent three years of final official data available at the time the targets were set. In the case of the serious non-fatal work-related indicator, the baseline is the average rate for 2008 to Table 2 displays the rates and difference from the target baseline. In 2012 rates were 0.1 per cent below the baseline, in 2013 this fell to 2 per cent below the baseline. Table 2: Age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury (per 100,000 person years at risk) target 2020 target Rate Change from baseline (Baseline Rate: 16.09) 2% higher 0.1% lower 2% lower 10% lower 25% lower 10

13 Indicator 3: The rate of work-related injury resulting in more than a week away from work Direction of change: Increased The rate of work-related injury resulting in more than a week away from work rose 2 per cent from 7.9 per 1,000 FTEs in 2012 to 8.1 in The rate has been falling between 2003 and 2012 and has levelled off recently (see Figure 3). The steep decrease in claims in 2009 and 2010 may be partially owing to the economic recession, with the slight increase in 2013 driven by the improving economy. In 2013 there were 16,200 work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work, up from 15,600 in Figure 3: Work-related injury with more than a week away from work RATE PER 1,000 FTEs Rate per 1,000 FTEs Targets (2016, 2020) Provisional rate per 1,000 FTEs Baseline Source: Accident Compensation Corporation claims (occupational disease excluded), Statistics New Zealand The baseline for this indicator is the average rate for 2009 to Table 3 displays the rates and difference from the target baseline. The injury rate in 2013 is 4 per cent lower than the baseline. Table 3: Rate of work-related injuries resulting in more than a week away from work (per 1,000 FTEs) target 2020 target Rate Change from baseline (Baseline Rate: 8.41) 6% lower 6% lower 4% lower 10% lower 25% lower 6 FTEs = full-time equivalent employees. See Appendix 2. 11

14 How do we compare to Australia? The New Zealand injury indicators are not directly comparable to the published Australia data. The New Zealand data in this section has been calculated differently to improve comparability to Australia. For example, the rates are not agestandardised. As such, the New Zealand numbers reported in this section are slightly different to those reported in earlier sections. Appendix 3 contains information about the differences. 12

15 Comparison of work-related fatality rates New Zealand s rate of work-related fatal injury is higher than Australia s. The gap was narrowing up until In 2008 Australia rates began to fall and New Zealand rates plateaued. In 2009, New Zealand rates were much higher than Australia (see Figure 4). Figure 4: Work-related fatal injury rate of workers, including road traffic accidents (three year moving average) 5.0 Rate RATE per PER 100,000 WORKERS workers (3-YEAR (3-year MOVING moving AVARAGE) average) Australia New Zealand Source: New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation claims and Statistics New Zealand employment data; Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2013, Safe Work Australia (2014) Work-related road traffic accidents are a significant problem in Australia given the long distances travelled. When considering workplace health and safety in New Zealand, many of the reforms relate to workplaces rather than motor vehicles. Figure 5 compares fatality rates excluding road traffic accidents. Excluding road traffic accidents improves Australia s performance relative to New Zealand. However it is worth noting that the gap between New Zealand and Australia has reduced by a greater rate when traffic accidents are excluded. 13

16 Figure 5: Work-related fatal injury rate of workers, excluding road traffic accidents (three year moving average) 4.5 Rate RATE per PER 100,000 workers WORKERS (3-year (3-YEAR MOVING moving AVARAGE) average) Australia New Zealand Source: New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation claims and Statistics New Zealand employment data; Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2013, Safe Work Australia (2014) Comparison of serious work-related injury claim rates The Safe Work Australia Comparative Performance Monitoring Report contains comparative data on workplace health and safety in New Zealand and the Australian states. New Zealand data is adjusted to improve comparability with Australia. For example, self-employed are generally not covered by workers compensation in Australia so self-employed workers are removed from the New Zealand data to improve comparability. 7 The Safe Work Australia report includes comparisons of serious work-related claims. Serious claims are defined as all accepted workers compensation claims involving temporary incapacity of one or more week s compensation plus all claims for fatality and permanent incapacity. This includes claims for occupational disease and mental health problems. Claim rates are less reliable than the serious injury outcome indicators because they can be influenced by drivers other than injury rates. Different entitlement thresholds, different approaches to return to work following injury and different levels of awareness about entitlement can impact on claim rates while injury rates may be unchanged. Therefore this indicator should be treated with caution. Claim rates have generally been falling in both New Zealand and Australia (see Figure 6). However, there was a slight increase in New Zealand in 2012/13 with a sharper decrease in Australia. This has narrowed the gap between the two countries in 2012/13. 7 For more information, see Safe Work Australia (2014) Comparative Performance Monitoring Report Safe Work Australia, Canberra. 14

17 Figure 6: Serious work-related injury and disease claims by jurisdiction RATE PER 1,000 EMPLOYEES / / / / /13P New Zealand Australia Source: Safe Work Australia (2014, page 6 indicator 4) Comparative Performance Monitoring Report 15

18 What is being done to achieve the target? 16

19 What is being done to achieve the target? The Government s blueprint for health and safety,, is a system-wide reform of the health and safety system. It sets ambitious targets aimed at seeing a step change in New Zealand workplace health and safety performance, including a 10% reduction in serious injuries and fatalities by 2016, and 25% by These system-wide reforms are in their early stages and the Government has signalled as a priority advancement of the reform package. This is critical as previous reforms only put elements of an effective system in place and did not keep up the momentum. For the reforms to succeed New Zealand needs a concerted focus for a number of years to implement and embed the necessary step change in our workplace safety culture. The key components include: putting in place new legislation and the supporting regulations, codes of practice and guidance supporting the newly established regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand, to implement an enforcement approach that makes use of its full range of tools. This includes tailoring the regulatory response to the risk at hand and providing more education and support to business to assist compliance ensuring there is a system-wide approach to health and safety by government agencies focussing on more effective injury prevention activity in high risk sectors, and better incentives through the design of a Safety Star Rating Scheme, and building the capability and capacity of key system participants. WorkSafe has been operating for over 12 months and now has more than 500 staff. The new regulator is instrumental in delivering the reforms. WorkSafe s recent focus has been sector engagement, addressing high risk areas such as forestry, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, high hazard sectors 8, adventure activities and the Canterbury rebuild. There has also been a significant drive to build strength and expertise in WorkSafe s inspectorate. MBIE, WorkSafe New Zealand, and ACC are working together to develop the new Health and Safety Reform Bill. Our work together will ensure the legislation is clear, comprehensive, and can be implemented effectively. We all need to do more and do it better to make sure we are protected from injury and death when we go to work each day. This is not a job for Government alone. Success requires Government, businesses and workers to work collaboratively to drive solutions. Good workplace health and safety drives better productivity, reliability and staff engagement. 9 Not only does good health and safety make good business sense, it s the right thing to do. For more information visit and 8 Extractives (including mining), petroleum, geothermal sectors and major hazard facilities. 9 Department of Labour (2007) How health and safety makes good business sense 17

20 Appendices Appendix 1: Table of results Appendix 2: Methodology for indicators Appendix 3: Methodology for comparison with Australia 18

21 Appendix 1: Table of results Target Indicators Baseline target 10% reduction 2020 target 25% reduction Age standardised rate of fatal work-related injury (per 100,000 person years at risk) ( average) Age standardised rate of serious non- fatal work-related injury (per 100,000 person years at risk) ( average) Rate of ACC claims for more than a week away from work (per 1,000 FTEs) ( average) Note: The rate of fatal work-related injury uses a three year moving average that reports against the middle year e.g. the 2012 rate is the average for 2011 to Latest data is for 2013 (provisional). There is no rate for 2013 for fatal work-related injury because the three year average would require 2014 data (average for ). The rate for 2011 includes the 29 deaths from the 2010 Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy. However these are excluded from the baseline. The rate for 2011 and 2012 includes 59 work-related deaths from the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. Source: 1 Statistics New Zealand (2014) Serious Injury Outcome Indicators: Statistics New Zealand, Wellington. 2 Accident Compensation Corporation; Statistics New Zealand. 19

22 Appendix 2: Methodology for indicators Targets The target is to reduce fatalities and serious injury by at least 25 per cent by The interim target is to reduce fatalities and serious injury by at least 10 per cent by Although 2016 represents the midpoint, the interim target is less than half the final target. This is because some of the changes that are needed will take time to implement. This interim target is challenging but realistic. Indicators The target is measured using three indicators. 1. The age-standardised rate of fatal work-related injury 2. The age-standardised rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury 3. The rate of work-related injury resulting in more than a week away from work ƨ ƨmeasured USING RATES RATHER THAN COUNTS The indicators are measured using rates rather than raw counts of fatalities and serious injuries. The rate divides the number by the population at risk. It adjusts for changes in employment numbers and the populations age distribution. ƨexcludes ƨ OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE The target is for a reduction in injury, so occupational disease is excluded. Occupational disease is more difficult to monitor than injury. Options for a target in the area of occupational health are being considered by WorkSafe New Zealand and will be published in due course. Data sources The first two indicators are measured using the work-related serious injury outcome indicators. These are published annually by Statistics New Zealand. They are the official measure of injury trends in New Zealand. 10 The rate of fatal work-related injury: Combines data from Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) work-related fatal injury claims and WorkSafe New Zealand notifications for work-related fatalities. 11 The rate is age-standardised to adjust for any changes in the age distribution over time. The rate is taken directly from the Statistics New Zealand publication. It uses a three year moving average where reporting is against the middle year e.g. the 2012 rate is the average for 2011 to The rate of serious non-fatal work-related injury: Links data from ACC claims for work-related injury and hospitalisation data. Serious is defined as hospitalised injuries with a high chance of death. By defining serious this way, it reduces reporting bias by increasing the likelihood that people who are that seriously injured will have been admitted to hospital and made an ACC claim. If the threshold for measuring serious was lower, there is a risk that it is missing some people who were not admitted to hospital to treat their injury. The rate is age-standardised to adjust for any changes in the age distribution over time. The rate is taken directly from the Statistics New Zealand publication. 10 See the technical report for more information: 11 The ACC claims data used here defines work-related as any claim in the ACC work account, any claim in the motor vehicle account or earners account with a work-related flag set to Y, and any claim with location farm by people with agriculture occupations (excluding non-earners and those involved in a sport or recreational activity). 20

23 The rate of work-related injury with more than a week away from work: ACC claims for compensation for loss of earnings due to work-related injury. This indicator is less robust for measuring injury trends than the official indicators, but is timelier and represents a much broader definition of what constitutes serious injury. The claims data is customised from the Statistics New Zealand work-related claims release. It is restricted to injury claims with weekly compensation payments greater than zero (occupational disease is excluded using the same method to exclude it as the serious injury outcome indicators). The denominator is Full Time Equivalents (FTEs), in line with rates reported in the work-related claims release. FTEs are estimated by counting full time employed as one FTE and part-time employed as half an FTE using annual December employment estimates from the Household Labour Force Survey. Baselines A three year average is used for the baselines. This reduces the chance that the baseline year has an unusually high or low rate. The baseline used the most recent final data available at the time the targets were set. The table in Appendix 1 displays the baseline and target rates for the three indicators. The target rate is calculated by applying the percentage reduction to the non-rounded baseline number. If the target rate is calculated based on the rounded baseline rate, rounding errors become apparent. In this report the baseline rate has been rounded to two decimal places to reduce rounding errors. ƨfatal ƨ INJURY BASELINE Since the fatal injury indicator is already based on a three year average, the baseline is the rate for 2009 (average of 2008 to 2010). The 29 deaths from the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy in 2010 have been excluded from the fatality baseline (but included in the monitoring data). Excluding them from the baseline makes the target more challenging. Although the deaths at Pike River indicated broad and systemic failures it is not appropriate to monitor high hazard risk using annual injury rates. ƨserious ƨ NON-FATAL INJURY BASELINE The baseline is the average rate for 2008 to More than a week away from work The baseline is the average rate for 2009 to 2011, which incorporates the recent period of lower rates. Reporting The data for the indicators are published by Statistics New Zealand towards the end of each calendar year (for example, provisional data for 2013 was published on 25 November 2014). Information on progress towards the targets will be published annually. There is a time lag in the publication of final data for the indicators. This is approximately two years for the official indicators. The reason for this relates to the nature of injury. Although the date of the injury is usually known, it takes time to determine the cause and severity of injury, e.g. whether the injury was work-related. Provisional data for the official indicators is available with a one year time lag. Although less complete, provisional data is reported here because it is more timely. Where subsequent reports make corrections to data previously reported, this will be noted. 21

24 Appendix 3: Methodology for comparison with Australia Comparison of fatal work-related injury rates The New Zealand work-related serious injury outcome indicator for the number of fatalities is compared to the number of Australian fatalities as reported in the Safe Work Australia report Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia ƨsource ƨ OF THE AUSTRALIAN ESTIMATES Safe Work Australia publishes a number of different reports on work-related fatalities. There is an online fatalities count which is based on media reports, providing the most up-to-date data on work-related fatalities. There is a monthly report which is based on notifications to workplace health and safety enforcement agencies. There is an annual workers compensation report which provides information on fatalities where a workers compensation claim was accepted. The most comprehensive count of work-related injury fatalities in Australia is contained in the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report. It triangulates data from workplace health and safety enforcement agencies, workers compensation claims, coroner s data and media reports. It is this data that we use for the comparison of fatality rates in New Zealand and Australia. The denominator used to calculate rates in the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report is employment estimates using the Household Labour Force Survey plus defence force personnel. Table 19 in the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities 2013 report contains information on the rates of fatalities for all workers. A three-year moving average is applied for the purpose of the comparison in Figure 4. The comparison of rates excluding road traffic accidents (reported in Figure 5), is derived for Australia from the following tables in the Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities 2013 report: Denominators are estimated using the number of fatalities in Table 18 and the rates in Table 19. The number of work-related fatalities involving traffic incidents on a public road (from Table 6) is subtracted off the total number (from Table 18) and divided by the derived worker population. The denominator is not adjusted to exclude those whose primary occupation involves driving on public roads. The Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report contains annual estimates (rather than a moving average) because in Australia the numbers are greater than 100 which results in less variation in the numbers from year-to-year. A three year moving average is applied to the Australian data to improve comparability with the New Zealand three-year moving-average. ƨadjustments ƨ TO THE NEW ZEALAND ESTIMATES The New Zealand data is based on the serious injury outcome indicators, adjusted to improve comparability with Australia. The New Zealand fatal work-related injury indicator is based on notifications to WorkSafe New Zealand and workers compensation claims. It is the most robust indicator of work-related fatalities in New Zealand. The serious injury outcome indicator rates denominator uses Household Labour Force Survey that has been age-standardised. In order to improve comparability with the Australian data we have removed the age-standardisation and added to the denominator estimates of the number of defence force personnel employed. 22

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