Top 5 forestry safety risks and how to avoid them

By Shane Mercer
Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine
November 3, 2022
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada East

The forestry industry has made huge strides in safety over the years. In 1992 there were 471 lost time injuries in the industry and according to the latest WSIB statistics there were 31 lost time injuries in 2021. Despite the progress, there is still room for improvement according to Tom Welton, the director for health and safety services and education programs at Workplace Safety North. He says the industry has seen at least one fatality a year for the past five years, “it continues to be a very high-risk industry and the potential of a severe incident right to the extent of a fatality is always there on a daily basis.”

  1. Workers taking shortcuts
  2. Machine lockout
  3. Maintenance
  4. Maintenance
  5. Psychosocial- fatigue, distraction, and stress

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