Revealed: Most dangerous suburbs

By Amelia Wade

37 Aucklanders are seriously hurt each day and Papakura has the highest injury count, study finds

The most common cause of non-fatal injuries was falling, at 48.8 per cent. Car crashes accounted for 9.8 per cent of injuries. Photo / Getty Images
The most common cause of non-fatal injuries was falling, at 48.8 per cent. Car crashes accounted for 9.8 per cent of injuries. Photo / Getty Images

Papakura is Auckland's most dangerous suburb when it comes to injuries, while Howick is the region's safest spot.

In a New Zealand first, Auckland Council worked with the Injury Prevention Research Unit of Otago University to provide accident statistics for each local board area in Auckland.

Last year, more than 13,000 Aucklanders were hurt in accidents and each day 37 Aucklanders are seriously injured.

By far the most common cause of non-fatal injuries was falling (48.8 per cent), followed by car crashes (9.8 per cent), getting struck (7.1 per cent), being cut or pierced (6.5 per cent) and over-exertion (5.2 per cent).

Other forms of injuries included poisoning, burns and suffocation.

Papakura local board chairwoman Hine Joyce-Tahere said community groups were actively addressing their high injury statistics and said the fact that an average of 1180 people in every 100,000 were injured each year had a lot to do with the area's low socioeconomic status.

"People aren't educated to know how to prevent injuries or don't have the means to stop them happening, such as buying bike helmets."

Howick local board chairman Michael Williams said his area's low injury rate - 678 people in 100,000 each year - was likely because there wasn't a lot of industrial work there "and maybe we're just more careful".

Almost half of the unintentional injuries were the result of falling.

Forty-six per cent off all injuries resulted in a fracture and a third of those were in the home.

ACC figures show injuries in Auckland homes cost $50,510,277 in claims in the 2011/2012 financial year.

The research also showed that men were 26 per cent more likely to be injured than women and 59 per cent more likely to suffer a fatal fall.

The council's community safety manager Andrew Galloway said the development of the Auckland regional injury prevention plan was under way.

The new injury data was also being shared with local boards and community groups to help them identify the injury priorities and address them together.

"We hope that by giving Aucklanders access to this information it will help shed some light on areas in which we can all improve our own personal safety and it is a well-timed reminder with Safety Week starting next Monday ... It is important to work with communities to lower these numbers," he said.

The data, collected between 2005 and 2011, was released in time for Safe Week, which starts on Monday.

- NZ Herald

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