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Safety and Health in Forestry are Feasible

Train assembly steps for the ECORAIL Road-Rail-Road system

The seminar in Konolfingen dealt with the status and trends in occupational safety and health. New approaches in accident prevention, health problems, and early retirements in forest operations were discussed by more than 50 participants from 17 countries. Forestry work continues to be one of the occupations with the highest accident rates but improvement is feasible. Safety and health statistics require substantial effort and resources but are in their present form not very useful for carrying out cause effect analyses because they are mostly collected for accounting purposes. It was suggested that ILO should promote the harmonisation of accident and health statistics in forestry. The seminar and workshop proceedings (409 pages) are available.

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