Indicator forest and wood

Fatalities and occupational accidents in forestry work

The forestry sector is one of the most accident-prone industries. Most accidents occur during timber harvesting. It is important to survey the number of accidents that occur in forests in order to improve work safety, health and safety and the training of workers.

Assessment of the state
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Assessment of the trend
positive positive
Fatalities 2017: 1 Fatalities 2016: 2 Fatalities 2015: 4 Fatalities 2014: 2 Fatalities 2013: 3 Fatalities 2012: 6 Fatalities 2011: 5 Fatalities 2010: 8 Fatalities 2009: 7 Fatalities 2008: 2
Number of fatalities in forest work, with particular regard to commercial work

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (Suva)
Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2017: 137 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2017: 183 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2016: 127 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2016: 180 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2015: 121 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2015: 182 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2014: 129 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2014: 183 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2013: 138 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2013: 195 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2012: 120 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2012: 182 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2011: 124 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2011: 192 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2010: 130 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2010: 198 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2009: 134 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2009: 221 Cases involving more than 3 days of absence 2008: 125 Cases involving 0-3 days of absence 2008: 196
Number of occupational accidents in forestry work, with particular regard to commercial work

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (Suva)
Comment

In 2017, there were 320 occupational accidents per 1,000 full-time workers in forestry operations and companies. Approximately one-third of these accident victims were unfit for work for periods exceeding three days of work. The Suva raises awareness among the affected actors through its “Risikoverhalten Forst” (“Forest Risk Behaviour”) campaign with the goal of reducing the number and severity of occupational accidents. Particular attention is given to trainees. Accidents involving private individuals who occasionally carry out wood-related work are not included in this chart. Many forest owners harvest their wood with their own conventional equipment, particularly in small-scale private forests. Work safety must also be further improved here too through targeted awareness-raising among forest owners and through the improved training of workers.

International comparison

Since the definition of “accident” differs from country to country, it is not possible to make direct comparisons.

Method

All employees of forestry operations and companies are required by law to be insured against occupational accidents and non-occupational accidents with Suva (Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund). Forestry operations and companies report all accidents immediately to the Suva. In turn, the Suva is required by law to provide data on accidents for the statistics of all Swiss accident insurers on an ongoing basis.

 
Last updated on: 27.11.2018

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