Workplace Health and Safety in the Forestry Services Industry
Forestry continues to be one of the most hazardous industrial sectors in most countries. Around the world, there are often discouraging trends of rising accident rates and a high incidence of occupational diseases and of early retirement among forestry workers. However, clear evidence shows that good safety and health performance in forestry is feasible.
The agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry employ together around 315.000 workers which represents 2.6% of the national workforce. The most common issues experienced in this industry include:
- Muscular stress
- Being hit by moving objects
- Vehicle and mechanical accidents
- Slips, trips and falls