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work environment authority concerned

Forestry work accidents to be investigated

Published fredag 24 augusti 2012 kl 08.27
Photo: David Magnusson/SvD/Scanpix

The Work Environment Authority will investigate the high number of work-related injuries and deaths reported in the forestry industry, reports Swedish Radio.

The Swedish forestry industry employs around 30,000 people and has one of the highest rates of work-related accidents. In the past five years, 26 people have died during tree felling.

Now 1,500 forestry workplaces will be inspected by forestry companies to ensure that the work being done is carried out according to safety regulations.

Recently more small forestry companies have been started up, and an increasing amount of the work labour force come from other Baltic countries like Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Tommy Svedberg, who runs a forestry company in Uppland county, says that miscommunication between company owners and their foreign employees can lead to accidents.

"If they haven't been taught safety regulations, it's hard to communicate that to them. I hope they can explain things to each other, because I don't speak any of their languages," says Svedberg.

Safety regulations also vary from country to country, which means some important safety measures can be lost in translation.

Another factor causing the many work-related accidents is the increasing number of new small companies who may not prioritize educating employees on safety regulations from the get go, reports Swedish Radio.

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