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8.5.1 Arm and hand impairments


The impairments to the arm and hand which were compensable under the 1971 Act, and the applicable percentages of the maximum statutory rate, were set out in S39(4):

39(4) The losses and percentages referred to in Subsection (3) are the losses and percentages set out in the following table:

Nature of Loss


Loss of arm at or above elbow


Loss of arm below elbow, loss of hand or loss of thumb and four fingers of the one hand


Note that certain losses affecting the thumb or fingers are covered under other descriptions:

  • total loss of movement of joint of thumb: 'Partial Finger Impairments'
  • loss of a finger: 'Finger Impairments'.