Enjoy the holiday, not the break this Easter

Released 22/03/2018

Slippery grass, a hole in the ground, and not watching where you're going: the classic Easter Egg hunt didn't end well for some last year.

But those who were hurt while sniffing out hidden chocolate are the tip of the iceberg. Last year, 19,951 New Zealanders were injured over the four-day Easter break.

They say home is where the heart is, but it's also where the most injuries happen. In 2017 we accepted 11,077 claims from people who hurt themselves at home over Easter weekend.

Doing it yourself

Easter is often the last chance to do maintenance ahead of winter, and it's important to do your DIY safely. There were 279 DIY injuries involving tools like hammers, saws and power tools.

Backs and spines bore the brunt with 63 injuries, 30 people hurt fingers or thumbs, while shoulders, hands, wrists, and eyes also sustained damage.

If you're planning some DIY, there are some simple ways you can stay safe:

  • be realistic about your ability – if you can’t do it, get an expert
  • use a safe, stable ladder. Always keep three points of contact (both feet and one hand) and don’t over-reach sideways
  • make sure you know how to use hire equipment
  • wear appropriate protection, like closed shoes, ear muffs, safety glasses and face masks
  • plan your day so you’re not rushing to get finished in the evening when you’re tired and more likely to slip up.

Take care in the kitchen

The kitchen is the most common room in the home to get hurt. 

Over a third of the 11,077 injuries at home happened in the kitchen, and 147 were cuts or puncture wounds.

Be sure to clear away clutter, clean up spills, and take care when wearing socks in the kitchen – it can be slipperier than you think.

Safety in the garden

We accepted 783 claims for injuries that happened in the garden. People aged between 40 and 70 were most likely to get injured while working on plants, bushes and trees.

Lower back, shoulder and arm injuries were most common. If you're doing any heavy lifting, make sure you have someone to help. Take regular breaks, and make sure to wear proper safety equipment.  

Think safety first this Easter

Whether you’re sniffing out hidden chocolate or preparing to paint the house, think safety first so you enjoy the holiday, not the break, this Easter.

Full data set for injuries from Easter 2017

We use data provided on the claim form 

As a no-fault scheme we rely on information provided on the claim form after an injury. Some parts of the claim form are mandatory, eg where the accident happened, but some parts are not, including the accident description. This means there can be a lot of variation in the level of detail provided, so the data shouldn't be considered definitive.

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