Number of forest industry sick days fell dramatically and number of occupational accidents halved

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Forest industry companies have persistently and systematically invested in the development of well-being at work. Over the past five years, the number of paper industry sick days fell substantially and the number of occupational accidents dropped by about 60%. 

Companies in the sector have, for several years already, had numerous established practices that aim to increase well-being at work. Investments into well-being at work are directly reflected in people’s resilience at work as well as in a company’s profitability and results. Its importance is further highlighted when work practices are changed, employees age, and challenges with regards to extending careers grow.

In forest industry companies, executives, managers and employees promote well-being at work together. The development of management and expertise as well as locally-agreed, flexible work time solutions are also part of forest industry companies’ well-being at work efforts.

Furthermore, workplaces have continually invested in recognising and preventing occupational safety risks. The objective is for there to be zero occupational accidents. Over the past five years, the occupational accident frequency in the paper industry has dropped from about 25 to fewer than 10 accidents per million work hours. In the wood products sector, occupational safety has also developed in a positive direction, as the occupational accident frequency over the past four years has dropped from 45 to 27 accidents per million work hours.

For further information, please contact:
Collective Bargaining Manager Mikko Lehtonen, Finnish Forest Industries Federation,
tel. +358 (0)40 334 6585, firstname.lastname@forestindustries.fi.