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ISAS2018-Winter - 2nd International Symposium on Innovative Approaches in Scientific Studies, Samsun, Turkey, Nov 30, 2018

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH IN FOREST WORKER: A CASE STUDY (ISAS2018-Winter_280)
Erhan Çalışkan1*
1Karadeniz Technical University , Trabzon, Turkey
* Corresponding author: erhan_caliskan@yahoo.com
Published Date: 2019-01-14   |   Page (s): 1479-1484   |    15     5

ABSTRACT Forest workers generally work under severe conditions. Wood work; far from social spaces,
weather conditions and rugged terrain. There is also no room for errors that are connected to a plan.
Accident risk is high in forest workers. Accident risk must be high; occupational health and safety in
forest workers. Forestry workers are at risk for some occupational diseases that have to work in the same
position for a long time and develop in inappropriate ways due to the use of the musculoskeletal system.
The aim of this study was to investigate the musculoskeletal problems related to the working
conditions and occupational characteristics of the forest workers working in the forest management
directorate of the Karaisalı Forestry Directorate of Forestry of Adana in Turkey.
The results showed the dominant MSD symptoms during the last twelve months to be those of
the lower back (54 %). and). A significant percentage of respondents also reported symptoms of the
upper back (41%), shoulders (30% for each shoulder), hands/wrists (26%), and elbow14%). These
results show that employees should be given seminars on occupational health and safety, and make
people aware of them. Applicability and implementation of laws and regulations for employers and
workers in this sector should be strictly controlled.  
KEYWORDS Forestry, Forestry Workers, Occupational Health, Turkey
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