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

Beverley A. Curry, Peta L. Hitchens, Petr Otahal, Lei Si, Andrew 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.

LanguageEnglish
Pages897-909
Number of pages13
JournalAnimals
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Costs
  • Economic
  • Horse
  • Injury
  • Insurance
  • Jockey

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Curry, Beverley A. ; Hitchens, Peta L. ; Otahal, Petr ; Si, Lei ; Palmer, Andrew J. / Workplace injuries in thoroughbred racing : An analysis of insurance payments and injuries amongst jockeys in Australia from 2002 to 2010. In: Animals. 2015 ; Vol. 5, No. 3. pp. 897-909.
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