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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.

The latest accident rates, for 2016-17, show an increase from the previous year for the forestry and wood products sectors.  Over the longer term, the rates for both sectors have generally declined, but they continue to remain higher than the averages in agriculture and manufacturing respectively (Table 7.3 and Figure 7.1).

Table 7.3 Accidents to employees1 in forestry and wood processing3, 2012-13 – 2016-17

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)2 Major Accidents4 Total Reported 
  Number Rate/1000 employees Number Rate/1000 employees
Forestry        
2012-13 54 5.1 125 11.8
2013-14 51 3.8 116 8.6
2014-15 26 1.7 101 6.5
2015-16 34 2.0 111 6.5
2016-17 provisional 31 1.9 120 7.3
Wood products        
2012-13 141 2.6 491 9.0
2013-14 155 2.8 523 9.6
2014-15 136 2.4 510 8.9
2015-16 129 2.5 561 10.9
2016-17 provisional 150 3.0 557 11.1
Pulp, paper & paper products        
2012-13 76 1.4 323 5.9
2013-14 85 1.5 322 5.8
2014-15 75 1.3 303 5.4
2015-16 67 1.4 284 6.1
2016-17 provisional 70 1.5 255 5.4

Source: Health & Safety Executive.

Notes:

1. Employees only; excludes self-employed.

2. 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.

3. Excludes other wood-using industries.

4. Major accidents include fatal accidents, which averaged around 1 per year for forestry and 2 per year for wood processing.  There were no fatal accidents in the period shown for pulp, paper and paper products.

     

Figure 7.1 Accidents to employees : Total reported accidents per 1000 employees

FS2018 Fig 7.1a

 

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Source: Health & Safety Executive.

Notes:

1. Employees only; excludes self-employed.

2. 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.

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

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