Forestry industry careers are considered to be high risk occupations, and for good reason. Worker fatalities in forestry are estimated to be approximately three times as high as fatalities in the construction industry. Work injuries and a variety of occupational illnesses are also common.
Claims for injury compensation following accidents in the workplace often include forestry workers being caught in or injured by machinery. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe cuts, broken or lost limbs. Slip injuries are also common, especially while working on waterlogged sites. The nature of the work and sites where work is carried out also means trip injuries are a constant risk.
Slips, trips and falls
Injuries by slipping, falling or tripping also vary in severity and can consist of anything from minor abrasions to broken limbs, damaged backs or potentially fatal head injuries. Falls from height in particular carry the risk of serious, if not fatal, injuries.
Manual handling of heavy machinery, wood, and so on, as well as repetitive movements may be held responsible for a great deal of musculoskeletal disorders and back injuries at work. Prolonged exposure to vibrating machinery may result in vibration-related problems like hand-arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger, for example.
Work-related hearing loss
Sudden loud noises or prolonged exposure to high levels of noise may also result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. The use of pesticides also exposes forestry workers to the risk of injuries by toxic substances. These may cause a variety of conditions ranging from respiratory diseases, skin or stomach complaints to potentially fatal cancers.
Forestry workers injured at work may be entitled to industrial injury compensation if their injury was the result of someone else’s mistake/ negligence or faulty equipment. In fatal cases, the families of those deceased may be able to claim for compensation.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice