Statistics about forestry

Many accidents occur in forestry. Fatal accidents occur most often in connection with the use of chainsaws.

Here you can read about the statistics for 2013. Commonly occurring were:

  • accidents with hand tools or other machinery
  • accidents involving transport equipment
  • falls from height
  • misstepping
  • tripping
  • slipping.

Many are sole holders

In total there were 31 693 active workplaces in forestry in 2013. Of these, 93 per cent (29 573), were sole holders, and 5 per cent (1 691 units) had 3-10 employees. There was a total of 14 385 employees (figure from 2012), of which 20 per cent were women and 80 per cent men.

Fatal accidents are most often caused by chainsaws

In 2013, 107 accidents with sick leave were reported, and 18 serious incidents. Fatal accidents most often occurred in connection with the use of chainsaws. For the years 2009-2013, the statistics of fatal accidents looked like this:


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Risks in forestry

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Last updated 2017-04-27