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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Jan 7;16(1). pii: E141. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16010141.

Trends in Workplace Injuries in Slovak Forest Enterprises.

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1
Department of Forest Harvesting, Logistics and Ameliorations, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia. gejdos@tuzvo.sk.
2
Department of Forest Harvesting, Logistics and Ameliorations, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia. vlckova@tuzvo.sk.
3
Department of Forest Harvesting, Logistics and Ameliorations, Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia. zuzana.allmanova@tuzvo.sk.
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Institute of Foreign Languages, Technical University in Zvolen, 960 01 Zvolen, Slovakia. zaneta.balazova@tuzvo.sk.

Abstract

The aim of the paper is to analyse the effect of key factors affecting the risk of workplace injuries and to identify the most common workplace accidents regarding injured body parts with respect to anthropometric data measurements of the population. Data associated with workplace accidents over the years 2000⁻2016 were drawn from the records of the state enterprise Forests of the Slovak Republic, situated in Banská Bystrica. Gathered data were processed and entered into the database complemented by the data on accidents of the self-employed working in the forestry industry. A total of 1874 workplace accidents in the state enterprise were recorded and statistically evaluated during the analysis period. A method for contingency table was used to analyse correlation between qualitative (categorical) variables in the dataset. A Poisson regression model was used to determine the injury rate. Forest harvesting is considered the most risky phase of the process of harvesting, processing, and transport. The highest number of workplace accidents (31.8% of all recorded workplace accidents) occurred during the forest harvesting phase during the analysis period. Timber skidding, with 16% of recorded accidents, was the second highest-risk phase. The workplace injury rate in the forest industry in Slovakia decreased over the course of the years 2000⁻2016. Head and facial injuries were those with the highest rate (67.1% injuries of these body parts) during the phase of harvesting and skidding.

KEYWORDS:

health and safety; injury rate; work errors forestry; work safety; workplace injuries

PMID:
30621086
PMCID:
PMC6338936
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph16010141
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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