Are onions dangerous? 3000 ACC claims since 2013

Hardware giant Bunnings has been mocked for its recent sausage safety recommendations, but it may have had good reason to implement it.

ACC figures released to Newshub show there have been 3001 onion-related claims lodged from January 1, 2013 to November 14 this year. 

The injuries include lacerations, punctures, sprains and strains. 

In the same five year period, there were 25 sausage sizzle related claims and 21 claims relating to people slipping on onions. 

ACC says there have been no direct claims resulting from someone slipping on onion at a sausage sizzle. 

2015 looked to be a problem year with the highest amount of ACC claims relating to sausage and onion injuries.

It was the worst year for sausage sizzle injuries with eight claims lodged. 2015 and 2017 tied for the most claims lodged for people slipping on onions, with five each year.

This year there have been fewer than four claims.

And the most onion-related claims were also lodged in 2015, with 550 claims in total.

Bunnings has announced from now on, all on-site sausage sizzles should abide by a controversial new rule: onions should be placed underneath the sausage to stop them falling out and creating a slipping hazard. 

The bizarre ruling being dubbed 'sausage-gate' has been hotly debated. 

The Warehouse made a light-hearted jab on Twitter at the recommendation saying it is absolutely satisfied with its sausage safety standards. 

"To be frank, our customers know onions are for eating, not dropping," the Twitter post reads. 

Some people are saying the move is an "outrage" and "ridiculous" while others believe it is not a laughing matter. 

An Australian man came forward on Thursday telling how he was compensated by the hardware chain after he slipped on an onion

Trevor told the ABC how he had a panic attack following the incident and is now paranoid that he may slip again. 

"Every time I go into Bunnings now I look on the floor - I look for onions."

ACC relies on the information claimants provide when recording an injury as part of its no-fault scheme. 


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