Thunderbolt strikes down Auckland’s unbeaten run
Rusty nails piercing jandals, allergic reactions to sunscreen, sand in the eyes, slips on spilled ice creams, collapsing deck chairs, burns from the barbie, and pulled muscles from playing backyard cricket.
These are just some of the ‘seasonal’ mishaps that led to ACC injury claims last summer.
A total of 439,878 claims were received between December 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013.
That put summer slightly ahead of winter (435,125 claims) and spring (420,690 claims) but trailing autumn (468,648 claims) as the most ‘injurious’ season last year.
ACC Injury Prevention Programme Manager, Megan Nagel, says there are always small numbers of claims each year that have a distinctively seasonal flavour.
‘‘Beach-related injuries tend to be more frequent in summer, as you’d expect, while injuries caused by heaters are more common in winter.’’ However, other types of injuries occur constantly throughout the year.
‘‘Falls in the home are the number one cause of injuries in New Zealand, regardless of what time of year it is.’’
Ms Nagel’s advice to Kiwis wanting to see out the rest of this summer safely therefore includes a mix of seasonal and ‘year round’ injury prevention tips.
‘‘Summer can be a popular time for socialising and outside DIY, so we remind people to be responsible hosts if serving alcohol, and pay attention to safety when using things like power tools and ladders.
‘‘During summer, people also often throw themselves back into physical activity after a less than active winter. Building up your activity gradually and remembering to warm up before exercising can reduce your risk of injury.’’
At home, Ms Nagel advises Kiwis to ‘‘pay attention to hazards that can cause slips, trips and falls, such as loose rugs, spilled liquid on floors and blown light bulbs.’’ An unbeaten run of victories for Auckland City has ended.
Reigning ASB Premiership champions Waitakere United edged out City 1-0 at Fred Taylor Park on Sunday despite being reduced to 10 men for the last 12 minutes of the match.
Waitakere got off to the perfect start when Maksim Manko fired home a third-minute thunderbolt and never allowed Auckland to settle into their usual rhythm during a half which saw little attacking threat offered by either team.
The Navy Blues finally forced United goalkeeper Danny Robinson into action around the hour mark with attempts from Darren White and Emiliano Tade. Waitakere’s responses gave City keeper Tamati Williams little cause for concern.
Twelve minutes from time Waitakere player-coach Brian Shelley committed his second bookable offence and was sent off, much to his undisguised angst.
Waitakere then had to see out the match with 10 men against an Auckland team who were pressing hard for an equaliser.
But the leveller never materialised and City suffered their first defeat on New Zealand soil since Waitakere won 1-0 at Kiwitea Street in April last year.
Ramon Tribulietx’s charges remain top of the table despite the setback.
Victory in their next two games, against the bottom two teams, would help them to earn a first-place finish in the roundrobin phase of the competition.
City face Southern United at Kiwitea St on Waitangi Day, before taking on NZ Wanderers on Sunday, also at home.
Ivan Vicelich of Auckland City puts Waitakere keeper Danny Robinson under pressure.