Curry, BA and Hitchens, PL and Otahal, P and Si, L and Palmer, AJ, Workplace injuries in thoroughbred racing: An analysis of insurance payments and injuries amongst jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010, Animals, 5, (3) pp. 897-909. ISSN 2076-2615 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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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.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||injury, jockey, horse, economic, costs, insurance|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Epidemiology not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Injury prevention and control|
|UTAS Author:||Curry, BA (Mrs Beverley Curry)|
|UTAS Author:||Hitchens, PL (Ms Peta Hitchens)|
|UTAS Author:||Otahal, P (Mr Petr Otahal)|
|UTAS Author:||Si, L (Mr Lei Si)|
|UTAS Author:||Palmer, AJ (Professor Andrew Palmer)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||7|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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