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Workplace deaths, injuries costing NZ $4.4 billion a year - Stuff report

Workplace accidents and deaths are costing the country collectively $4.4 billion, according to a new report out on Tuesday looking at the state of health and safety prevention in New Zealand.

In the past five years there were about 73 deaths at work each year, meanwhile ACC received 193,000 new work-related injury claims last year.

Those fatality statistics are on par with the number of workplace tragedies that were recorded in Britain in the 1980s. That country’s numbers have reduced greatly in the past 20 years.

Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum’s State of a Thriving Nation report outlines that New Zealand’s workplace fatality rate is twice that of Australia.