STIHL is exploring the comprehensive statistics provided by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) from 2018 to 2022, delving into various aspects of chainsaw-related injuries.
We examine the number of new claims and analyze them based on factors such as age demographics, injury sites, primary diagnosis, lodgement months, accidents by region, and more. By thoroughly examining these statistics, we gain valuable insights into the nature and patterns of chainsaw-related injuries during this five-year period.
NEW CLAIMS, NUMBER OF ACTIVE CLAIMS, AND ACTIVE CLAIM COSTS (EXCL. GST)
From 2018 to 2022, the number of new claims related to chainsaw injuries exhibited a fluctuating upwards pattern, ranging from 2,342 in 2018 to 2,530 in 2022. Similarly, the number of active claims saw a gradual upward trend over the years, starting at 2,691 in 2018 and reaching 3,046 in 2022. The financial impact of these injuries also experienced significant growth. Active claim costs (excluding GST) started at $3,468,343 in 2018, continued to rise in 2021, reaching $4,671,449, and peaked in 2022 at $5,547,382.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY LODGEMENT MONTH
Examining the data by lodgement month, it is evident that the number of new claims varied across different months and years. While there were fluctuations throughout the period, certain patterns emerged. For instance, June 2020 stood out with the highest count of new claims at 275, whereas December consistently had lower numbers in the 5 year period.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY TOP 5 MOST COMMON PRIMARY DIAGNOSES
These statistics provide insight into the top 5 most common primary diagnoses associated with chainsaw-related injuries over the 5 year period. Soft tissue injuries emerged as the leading primary diagnosis, consistently increasing from 1,185 in 2018 to 1,340 in 2022. Lacerations, punctures, and stings followed closely behind, showing a relatively stable pattern over the years. Foreign body in orifice/eye cases exhibited some fluctuations, while fractures/dislocations remained relatively low in occurrence.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY TOP 10 MOST COMMON PRIMARY INJURY SITES
Lower back/spine injuries were consistently reported as the primary injury sites in chainsaw-related incidents. Finger/thumb injuries were also common, exhibiting a relatively stable pattern over the years. Upper and lower arm injuries showed an increase in 2020 before stabilizing, while shoulder and hand/wrist injuries remained relatively consistent. Eye injuries, though relatively fewer in number, were reported consistently throughout the years.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY CLIENT SEX
Across these years, the data reveals a clear gender disparity, with the majority of reported cases involving males. The numbers consistently show higher counts for males, ranging from 2,146 in 2018 to 2,285 in 2022. However, it is important to note that females also experienced chainsaw-related injuries, although in smaller numbers, with counts ranging from 196 in 2018 to 245 in 2022.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY AGE
The youngest age categories, 0 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years and 10 to 14 years had very few reported cases. The incidence of injuries increased among individuals aged 15 to 19 years, fluctuating between 45 and 63. The age groups of 20 to 44 years showed relatively consistent numbers of reported cases, with minor fluctuations. Notably, individuals aged 45 and above exhibited higher occurrences of chainsaw-related injuries.
CLAIMS BROKEN DOWN BY ACCIDENT REGION
The regional data is impacted by varying populations.
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STIHL says "These ACC statistics provide valuable insights into the patterns, trends, and demographics associated with chainsaw related injuries. It emphasizes the need for safety measures when operating chainsaws to mitigate risks for all individuals."
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