Forestry Statistics 2008 - Employment & Businesses

Health & safety

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Accidents involving absence from work of at least 3 days are reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Accident rates per thousand employees have decreased in forestry and primary wood processing, but are still much higher than the averages for all industries.

Table 6.5: Accidents to employees in forestry and primary wood processing2, 2002-03 - 2006-07

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Major Accidents3

Total Reported

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

SIC 02 - Forestry

          2002-03

45

4.2

126

11.8

          2003-04

36

3.8

113

11.8

          2004-05

40

4.0

103

10.4

          2005-06

31

3.4

85

9.4

          2006-07

30

3.3

78

8.6

SIC 20.1 - Sawmilling

          2002-03

76

6.5

355

30.3

          2003-04

51

4.9

181

17.2

          2004-05

58

5.9

176

18.0

          2005-06

48

4.9

180

18.4

          2006-07

35

3.6

15416.0

SIC 20.2 - Panels

          2002-03

23

3.9

10618.0

          2003-04

15

2.5

579.7

          2004-05

14

2.5

518.9

          2005-06

8

1.5

346.2

          2006-07

12

2.4

449.0

SIC 21.1 - Pulp & Paper

          2002-03

56

3.1

32217.7

          2003-04

58

3.4

30717.8

          2004-05

48

2.9

23914.5

          2005-06

41

2.8

21714.9

          2006-07

34

2.4

17812.5

Source: Health & Safety Executive (accidents), Office for National Statistics (employment).

Notes:

1. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories are:
02 (forestry, logging & related services);
20.1 (sawmilling and planing of wood, impregnation of wood);
20.2 (manufacture of veneer sheets, manufacture of plywood, laminboard, particleboard and other panels and boards);
21.1 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard).

2. Excludes other wood-using industries.

3. Major accidents include fatal accidents, which averaged 1 or less per year in each sector.

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