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Self-reported incidents, accidents, and use of protective gear among small-scale forestry workers in Sweden
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
2006 (English)In: Safety Science, ISSN 0925-7535, Vol. 44, no 8, 723-732 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self-reported data were collected from 156 self-employed small-scale forestry workers regarding their work, including use of safety gear and number and type of incidents and accidents. About 40% of the respondents reported that during the previous 24 months they had some kind of work-related accident where an injury occurred, and/or experienced in incident, a close call that could have resulted in an injury. Of those injured or involved in an accident, 50% reported that at the time of the accident or incident they were not fully using their safety gear. Sixty-seven percent of the accident victims reported seeking medical attention for their injuries. No significant relationships were found between production level, age, use of safety gear or sensation seeking tendencies and the reports of accidents and incidents. Accidents and incidents were most likely to occur during felling, thinning and transportation activities and were usually caused by unforeseen interactions with falling trees/branches or equipment. Compared to earlier surveys of Swedish small-scale forestry workers, consistent use of all required safety gear was down by 10% to 50%. Protective pants and gloves were the items least likely to be used while ear, eye and foot protection were most likely to be used. The results indicate that better planning during felling processes may be the key to reducing the number of accidents for this population.

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2006. Vol. 44, no 8, 723-732 p.
Keyword [en]
forestry, accidents, near misses, injuries, risk taking, protective gear
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37688DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2006.03.002ISI: 000240694800005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33747100909OAI: diva2:435137
QC 20110817Available from: 2011-08-17 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2011-08-17Bibliographically approved

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