E-fact 29 - Occupational safety and health in Europe's forestry industry


Forests and other wooded land cover about 160 million hectares, some 35% of the European Union’s land area. As well as wood, forests provide cork, Christmas trees, resins, pine nuts, medicinal plants, mushrooms and berries. They are a valuable resource, but forests are a dangerous place to work: the incidence of fatal or major injuries is higher than in many other sectors, with forest workers using chainsaws to fell trees being at particular risk. Heavy physical workloads, noise, vibration and exposure to biological hazards and chemicals also put forest workers at risk. This E-Fact outlines the dangers of working in forestry and provides information on prevention.

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