Fatal injuries in forestry and logging work in Australia, 1989 to 1992

R. Mitchell*, T. Driscoll, S. Healey, J. Mandryk, L. Hendrie, B. Hull

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Work-related forestry and logging fatalities were investigated as part of a larger study of work-related fatalities in Australia. Coronial records were used to describe fatal injuries in the forestry and logging industry and in other industries where workerrs performed timber work during 1989 to 1992. Workers employed in the forestry and logging industry had a fatality rate of 97.2 per 100,000 workers per year. Being hit by falling trees and tree branches was the most common mechanism of the fatal incident. Common factors that contributed to particular types of fatal incidents were considered and often involved unsafe felling techniques or other unsafe work practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-577
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Contributing factors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Timber work
  • Work-related fatalities


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