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FT-Jul16 43 MEN FEATURE HIGH IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT STATISTICS LOW VOC, NON-TAINT FLOORS FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY Sika is a global specialist in food-friendly, hard wearing, hygienic, easy-clean flooring systems that can be formulated to resist everything from lactic acid to heavy forklift traffic. For more information on the best flooring system for your food production or processing areas, contact Max Tombleson, 027 597 0703 or Scan for more info and Data Sheets Sika 1323 If you work in the agricultural or fishing industries, you’re male, aged below 24 or older than 65, and you live in the regions, you are way more prone to workplace accidents than anyone else…at least in 2014. Latest figures released by Statistics New Zealand show that men generated 71 per cent of all injury claims and 96 per cent of all fatal injury claims in that year. Agriculture (which includes forestry) and fishery workers had the highest rate of injury claims at 242 per 1000 FTEs, followed by the manufacturing and construction industries. In fact, just under a quarter of agriculture and fishery workers made a work-related claim in 2014, the highest incidence by occupation. Those industries have consistently had the highest claim rate since 2008. Age is also a factor, with the highest rates of injury claims coming from workers 15 to 24 years, and 65 years plus. “Older workers had high rates of injury claims accepted by ACC, especially for more-serious injuries,” customer, policy and research manager Michele Lloyd says. The regional picture places Gisborne/ Hawke’s Bay with the highest incidence rate – 159 claims per 1000 FTEs – with the lowest rates found in Auckland and Wellington. Self-employed workers were  more likely to experience workplace injuries  than employees were in 2014. In terms of ethnicity, Pacific workers had a higher claim rate (106 per 1000) than Maori (97), European (89) or Asian (57) workers. The overall rate of injury claims in New Zealand was 111 for every 1000 FTEs. In 2014, ACC approved 226,100 claims for injuries incurred while working. F A C T O R Y

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