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Bed a dangerous place for New Zealanders

August 18, 2011

WELLINGTON: New Zealanders are not safe in their own beds – more than 20 fall out every day or night, injuring themselves so badly they have to go to the doctor or take time off work.

This figure – more than 7,600 bed falls a year or 146 a week – was released today by the state Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to mark its safety week.

It is not just tiny tots and the frail elderly who are prone to crashing off the cot. About 1,800 of last year’s victims were aged between 25 and 64.

ACC said that more than 261,000 New Zealanders were hurt falling or slipping in their own home last year – more than those injured in road accidents or at work.

– dpa


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