The research team would first and foremost like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude tothe participants for sharing their stories and experiences. Without the generosity and honesty of thefifteen participants of the study as well as their families, friends, employers, and others who wereinvolved, the study could not have taken place.We also take the opportunity to thank the members of our Expert Group who contributed theirexperience, time, and advice at the various stages of the research. Their inputs have helped make thisreport the result of a robust and rigorous research process and therefore, a better product.OSH field staff from the various Regional Offices provided their experience, information, and time,and their involvement at the different stages of the research was a source of support and assistancefor the team. We would like to acknowledge our appreciation of their co-operation and involvement.Two members of WEB Research were a part of the research team and we would like to thank themfor their inputs which manifested in a range of different activities from helping conduct theinterviews to participating in the analysis (and thereby adding rigour to it), to providing review for thevarious drafts of the report.The team expresses a further note of thanks to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) fortheir administrative assistance and the additional financial input for the printing of this report.Last but not least, the team would like to take this opportunity to thank both OSH and LMPG staff,and, in particular, Graeme Cahalane and Julian Silver for their continual support, encouragement andguidance through the process of the research and the writing of the report.
This study summarises qualitative research conducted during 2001, and reflects the views andperceptions of individuals affected by the consequences of workplace injury occurring between 1992and 2001.Researchers have taken all care to accurately reflect the views of individuals while maintaining theirprivacy. Wherever possible within the limitations of the research, where those views were aboutfactual circumstances, data that bears on those views has been gathered to establish their accuracy.In publishing the views and recollections of participants, the Department of Labour reminds readersthat the views and recollections expressed by participants are not necessarily those of the Departmentor of other organisations, institutions or individuals discussed by participants.Published jointly by the Department of Labour and the Accident Compensation Corporation.WellingtonNew Zealandwww.dol.govt.nzNovember 2002ISBN 0-477-03669-4