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Revista Chapingo serie ciencias forestales y del ambiente

versión On-line ISSN 2007-4018versión impresa ISSN 2007-3828


NAJERA-LUNA, Juan A.; MENDEZ-GONZALEZ, Jorge; CRUZ-COBOS, Francisco  y  HERNANDEZ, Francisco J.. Type, effects and cause of injuries suffered by workers in the sawmill industry of El Salto, Durango, Mexico. Rev. Chapingo ser. cienc. for. ambient [online]. 2022, vol.28, n.1, pp.105-118.  Epub 02-Feb-2024. ISSN 2007-4018.


Sawmill work is a dangerous occupation because it involves handling materials and equipment that exposes workers to many risks that can affect their health and safety.


To identify injuries, parts of the body affected and agents that cause accidents in sawmill workers in the region of El Salto, Durango.

Materials and methods:

A structured survey was applied to 300 workers in 26 sawmills and pallet mills to determine typology, damages and cause of injuries suffered in the last five years.

Results and discussion:

In the sawmills of El Salto, the most important positions are occupied by people of older age and work experience, regardless of their level of schooling; they have suffered one to five accidents in the last five years and only 32 % have received occupational safety training. The most frequent injuries were caused by hits and crushing body parts of assistants (57 %), open wounds in operators (16 %) and sprains (15 %). The mechanisms causing these injuries were getting stuck by moving objects (30 %), hitting against moving objects (23.3 %), falling objects (14.3 %) and false moves (13.7 %). Fingers were the most affected (35 %) due to a hit and by getting stuck.


Safety training is limited, leading to 95 % of workers with injuries with different degrees of severity. It is necessary to implement actions to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.

Palabras llave : Accidents at work; sawmills; work risk; safety; forestry worker.

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