In 2013, the Government set a target of 25% reduction in work-related fatal and serious non-fatal injuries in New Zealand by the year 2020.
Three indicators were used to measure progress: fatal injuries, serious non-fatal injuries, and injuries resulting in more than a week away from work.
While the period for system targets has ended, WorkSafe is continuing to monitor and report on serious injury trends as part of a wider set of outcome indicators for the work health and safety system.
The most recent official data for serious injury outcome indicators was released by Stats NZ on 16 December 2022 for injuries to the end of 2021.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and 2021 introduces additional uncertainty to outcome data from these years and needs to be considered when interpreting trends in the data.
The latest result shows long-term downward trends in the rate of most work-related injuries, except for injuries resulting in more than a week away from work, which have steadily increased over the past decade.
Find below the latest data and previous reports.