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July 4, 1903

Pension and Accident Acts in New Zealand.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(1):44. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470030048020

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Huntly, N. Z.

To the Editor:—We have in this country much legislation which is somewhat experimental in type and nearly always socialistic in form. This is certainly very much of a haven for the laboring man. He has his old age pension, etc. There is one law which may prove of interest: "The Accident Compensation Act." An employer is responsible for all accidents occurring to his employes. The employer insures his men in an accident insurance company. The coal mine in this town pays over $1,150 per annum as a premium. I will give some cases showing the effect of the act.

I was called to the local coal mine to see a man who had fallen in the mine, causing an incised wound about 3 in. long over the spine and in the lumbar region. There was no apparent injury to the spine or cord. He was under

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