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Forestry Statistics 2014 - Employment & Businesses

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From April 2012, accidents involving absence from work of at least seven days are required to be reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).  Prior to this time, reporting was required for absences of at least three days.

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, 2008-09 - 2012-13

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Major Accidents3

Total Reported

 

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Number

Rate/ 1000
employees

Forestry

       

     2008-09

 47

3.5

140

10.5

     2009-10

  48

4.5

137

12.9

     2010-11

43

3.3

110

8.3

     2011-12

48

5.0

153

16.0

     2012-13 provisional

49

4.6

120

11.2

Wood products

 

     

     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

161

3.1

654

12.5

     2012-13 provisional

141

2.6

490

8.9

Pulp, paper & paper products

       

     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

90

1.6

393

7.0

     2012-13 provisional

75

1.4

321

5.9

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.

4. As a result of a change in reporting requirements, data for 2012-13 is not directly comparable with previous years.

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. 

2. As a result of a change in reporting requirements, data for 2012-13 is not directly comparable with previous years.

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