Forestry Statistics 2009 - 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 in forestry and primary wood processing in 2007-08 varied from 9.8 per thousand employees for woodbased panel manufacture (SIC 20.2) to 17.2 per thousand employees for sawmilling (SIC 20.1).

Table 7.6: Accidents to employees in forestry and primary wood processing2, 2003-04 - 2007-08

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Major Accidents3

Total Reported

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

SIC 02 - Forestry

     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

79

8.7

     2007-08

31

2.9

115

10.7

SIC 20.1 - Sawmilling

     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

36

3.8

15516.1

     2007-08

504.917517.2

SIC 20.2 - Panels

     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

     2007-08

71.5479.8

SIC 21.1 - Pulp & Paper

     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

18012.7

     2007-08

423.419415.5

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

Notes:

1. UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003) 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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