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Animals 2015, 5(3), 897-909; doi:10.3390/ani5030390

Workplace Injuries in Thoroughbred Racing: An Analysis of Insurance Payments and Injuries amongst Jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010

Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
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Received: 2 June 2015 / Accepted: 28 August 2015 / Published: 8 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Horses and Risk)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: injury; jockey; horse; economic; costs; insurance injury; jockey; horse; economic; costs; insurance
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Curry, B.A.; Hitchens, P.L.; Otahal, P.; Si, L.; Palmer, A.J. Workplace Injuries in Thoroughbred Racing: An Analysis of Insurance Payments and Injuries amongst Jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010. Animals 2015, 5, 897-909.

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