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Workplace accidents while under influence of drugs/alcohol

Can you please provide me with some statistics on accidents in the workplace when the person is affected by alcohol and/or drugs? Ideally this would include time of day incident occurred, month, age, gender, type of workplace (industry - e.g. forestry, trucking etc), severity, and costs from 2010 onwards.

We are developing a tool to measure levels of alertness, with the aim of reducing accidents in the workplace. Having this data would establish the need for such a tool.

We are developing a tool to measure levels of alertness, with the aim of reducing accidents in the workplace. Having this data would establish the need for such a tool.

Rachel Hansen


Response from
Accident Compensation Corporation

Data does not exist

Hi Rachel, the data set available to ACC is reliant on the information provided on an ACC45 injury claim form, which is completed when a person seeks treatment for their injury. There are multiple fields on the ACC45 form, some fields are mandatory to complete and others are not. There is a free-text field ‘accident description’ on the form where a person can provide a brief description of how their accident happened. This field is not mandatory to complete and not every client does so. ACC as a no fault scheme does not require people to state whether they were under the influence of drugs, and or alcohol. Therefore we would not be able to provide the data you are seeking. For information on this topic you may wish to see what research has been done already such as the following by the ALCOHOL ADVISORY COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND: https://www.hpa.org.nz/sites/default/files/imported/field_research_publication_file/WorkplaceIntervention.pdf . kind regards Government Services

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