A safety code

Published: Friday 31 October 1997

and environment-friendly logging practices will be drafted by the International Labour Organisation (ilo). The new code will help cut the number of deaths and injuries among the world's three million forestry workers. Experts from 10 leading timber producing countries, including Brazil, Canada and the Czech Republic, Sweden and the us, will discuss the draft code before it goes to the ilo's governing body for approval. Forestry, along with mining and construction, is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, with two to three times more accidents and deaths than the industrial norm, according to the ilo. Thousands of forest workers die or are injured each year by unsafe working practices or by the falling trees. In the us, the probability of loggers being killed on the job during a 25-year career is one in 20.Even in expert hands, "the chainsaw is one of the most potentially dangerous tools ever invented," the ilo says, pointing out that it can cause not only cuts and wounds by also deafness and injury from vibration.

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