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Forestry Statistics 2013 - Employment & Businesses

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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 in wood products have tended to decline in recent years, but are still higher than the averages in agriculture and manufacturing respectively (Table 7.3 and Figure 7.1).

Table 7.3 Accidents to employees in forestry and wood processing2, 2007-08 - 2011-12

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Major Accidents3

Total Reported

 

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Forestry

       

     2007-08

51

5.3

167

17.3

     2008-09

 47

3.5

140

10.5

     2009-10

  48

4.5

137

12.9

     2010-11

43

3.2

110

8.3

     2011-12 provisional

45

4.7

137

14.3

Wood products

 

     

     2007-08

265

3.9

977

14.5

     2008-09

196

 3.0

 750

11.6

     2009-10

187

3.2

688

11.7

     2010-11

178

3.3

600

11.2

     2011-12 provisional

135

2.6

520

9.9

Pulp, paper & paper products

       

     2007-08

132

1.5

578

6.8

     2008-09

111

1.5

522

7.0

     2009-10

103

1.7

464

7.6

     2010-11

85

1.3

369

5.7

     2011-12 provisional

86

1.5

386

6.9

Source: Health & Safety Executive.

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) 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 around 1 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.

Notes:

1.  Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) categories. Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page. 

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