Work accidents during cable yarding operations in Central Europe 2006 – 2014

Michal Allman, Martin Jankovský, Zuzana Allmanová, Michal Ferenčík, Valéria Messingerová, Mária Vlčková, Stanimir Stoilov


Aim of study: This study is focused on detailed analysis of accidents in yarding during the years 2006–2014. There is still not enough information about such accidents in Central Europe in the literature available.

Area of study: We collected the data on occupational accidents recorded in timber yarding from the databases of the Slovak state forest enterprise.

Material and Methods: The data on occupational accidents were recorded according to actual European Regulation, the form of the record meets the requirements of the ESAW (European Statistics on Accidents at Work) methodology. To analyze the data, we used the multiple regression and correlation analysis, contingency tables, and a χ2 –test.

Main results: Almost half of the accidents were the foot injuries and the most frequent type of injury was fracture of a bone. The most hazardous operation was yarding. Most of the accidents occurred between 1301-1400 h (22 %). The most frequent agent causing accidents were Particles, dust, splinters, fragments, etc. (14.05 by ESAW).

Research highlights: This study informs about the most important risk factors in timber yarding, the most hazardous parts of shift, as well as the days when the most accidents occur during the week, and as such contributes to better understanding of how the accidents happen in timber yarding. The information can be subsequently used in knowledge-based improvement of safety trainings in forest enterprises.


cable yarder; timber logging; work accident

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DOI: 10.5424/fs/2017261-10365