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Workplace injuries in Thoroughbred racing: an analysis of insurance payments and injuries amongst jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010

By B. A. Curry, P. L. Hitchens, P. Otahal, Lei Si, A. J. Palmer

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Background: There is no comprehensive study of the costs of horse-related workplace injuries to Australian Thoroughbred racing jockeys. Objectives: To analyse the characteristics of insurance payments and horse-related workplace injuries to Australian jockeys during Thoroughbred racing or training. Methods: Insurance payments to Australian jockeys and apprentice jockeys as a result of claims for injury were reviewed. The cause and nature of injuries, and the breakdown of payments associated with claims were described. Results: The incidence of claims was 2.1/1000 race rides, with an average cost of AUD 9 million/year. Race-day incidents were associated with 39% of claims, but 52% of the total cost. The mean cost of race-day incidents (AUD 33,756) was higher than non-race day incidents (AUD 20,338). Weekly benefits and medical expenses made up the majority of costs of claims. Fractures were the most common injury (29.5%), but head injuries resulting from a fall from a horse had the highest mean cost/claim (AUD 127,127). Conclusions: Costs of workplace injuries to the Australian Thoroughbred racing industry have been greatly underestimated because the focus has historically been on incidents that occur on race-days. These findings add to the evidence base for developing strategies to reduce injuries and their associated costs.

Publication Title Animals
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 897-909
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
DOI 10.3390/ani5030390
Language English
Author Address Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia.bevcurry@netspace.net.au peta.hitchens@slu.se petr.otahal@utas.edu.au Lei.Si@utas.edu.au andrew.palmer@utas.edu.au
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  1. Accidents
  2. Animals
  3. APEC countries
  4. Australasia
  5. Australia
  6. Bones
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Countries
  9. Developed countries
  10. Falls
  11. Health economics
  12. Horses
  13. Humans
  14. Mammals
  15. Men
  16. occupational safety
  17. Oceania
  18. OECD countries
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Primates
  21. racehorses
  22. training
  23. trauma
  24. ungulates
  25. vertebrates
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