Forestry Statistics 2010 - Employment & Businesses

Health & safety

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Accidents involving absence from work of at least three days are reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Accident rates in forestry and primary wood processing have tended to decline in recent years, but are still higher than the averages in agriculture and manufacturing respectively.

Table 7.6 Accidents to employees in forestry and primary wood processing2, 2004-05 - 2008-09

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Major Accidents3

Total Reported

 

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Forestry

       

     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

28

2.6

113

10.6

     2008-09 provisional

 35

3.3

 88

8.2

Sawmilling

 

     

     2004-05

58

5.9

176

18.0

     2005-06

48

4.9

180

18.4

     2006-07

36

3.8

155 16.1

     2007-08

50 4.9 176 17.3

     2008-09 provisional

26  2.9  133 14.9

Panels

       

     2004-05

14

2.5

51 8.9

     2005-06

8

1.5

34 6.2

     2006-07

12

2.4

44 9.0

     2007-08

7 1.5 47 9.8

     2008-09 provisional

7 1.5 27 5.9

Pulp & Paper

       

     2004-05

48

2.9

239 14.5

     2005-06

41

2.8

217 14.9

     2006-07

34

2.4

180 12.7

     2007-08

42 3.4 195 15.6

     2008-09 provisional

41 3.3 168 13.3

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

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003) categories.  Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page.

2. Excludes other wood-using industries.

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

Figure 7.1   Accidents to employees : Total reported accidents per 1000 employees

Figure 7.1 Accidents to employees: total reported accidents per 1000 employees

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

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2003) categories.  Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page. 

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