Fatalities at Work: 2007-2014

April 16, 2015

orange_hardhatThe Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported 39 fatalities at work between 2007 and 2014.   All fatalities at work that took place in the past eight years involved males, mostly between the age of 35 and 54. The majority of fatal accidents at work were recorded in the Northern Harbour District followed by the South Eastern and Northern districts. Fatal accidents involving full-time employees accounted for over two-thirds of all work fatalities occurring in 2007-2014.

Enterprises engaging 1 to 9 employees, together with the self-employed-without-employees category, were the most affected by fatalities at work. Larger companies (250+) registered the lowest number of fatal accidents. Nearly half of such deaths were caused by head injuries. Other causes included injuries to the torso and organs. Half of work-related deaths in 2007-2014 involved construction workers.