In 2013, the Government set a target for New Zealand of reducing fatal and serious non-fatal work-related injuries by the year 2020.

The three work-related acute injury rates indicate New Zealand’s progress towards the work-related injury reduction target – a 25% reduction from baseline by 2020.

For two out of three indicators (serious non-fatal injuries and injuries with more than a week away from work) the targets have not been achieved. For fatal injuries, the target was met early, but progress has stalled since about the middle of the past decade.

Results for 2020 reflect the impact of COVID-19 and associated fluctuations in economic activity. This impact was uneven. Employment numbers grew in primary and goods producing industries (including construction and manufacturing) but shrank in services-related industries. Other factors such as reduced road use during Level 3 and 4 lockdowns may have influenced injury outcomes.

Preventing fatalities and injuries is a critical  facet of the work health and safety system. Other priorities include addressing harmful exposures like carcinogens and airborne contaminants which can lead to long-term ill health (the largest source of work-related harm) and controlling potentially catastrophic risks such as those from hazardous substances and energy sources.

Find below the final report published for this target and previous progress reports. 

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Final progress report towards the 2020 acute injury target - October 2021 (PDF 66 KB)
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Fact sheet – Progress towards the 2020 acute injury target – December 2020 (PDF 48 KB)
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Fact sheet – Progress towards the 2020 acute injury target – November 2019 (PDF 48 KB)
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Fact sheet - Progress towards the 2020 injury targets - October 2018 (PDF 44 KB)
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Towards 2020 - Progress towards the 2020 work-related injury reduction target - November 2017 (PDF 2.7 MB)
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Towards 2020 - Progress towards the 2020 work-related injury reduction target - May 2017 (PDF 2.2 MB)