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BARDOMAS, Silvia M.  and  BLANCO, Mariela. Labor conditions, risk and health of forestry workers in Misiones, Corrientes and Entre Ríos (Argentina), 2010-2014. Salud colect. [online]. 2018, vol.14, n.4, pp.695-711. ISSN 1669-2381.

In the last decades in Argentina, forestry activity has seen an important expansion, promoted by the State through incentives encouraging the implantation of forest species. This article examines the working conditions of a number of forestry workers in the three main timber producing provinces of Argentina (Corrientes, Misiones and Entre Ríos). Using data from the Survey on Employment, Social Protection and Labor Conditions of Salaried Agricultural Workers, information on forest workers of the aforementioned provinces was processed and analyzed (n=113). In addition, in-depth interviews with workers (n=30) and forest contractors (n=8), carried out from 2010-2014, contributed to the explanation of the studied phenomenon as a whole. The results show that more than 50% of workers consider themselves exposed to unfavorable conditions in the physical working environment, with 16% having had a work accident in the last year. The high precariousness of this type of employment, in conjunction with the forms of contracting (outsourcing), makes it difficult to identify actions to be taken to reverse the processes analyzed.

Keywords : Working Conditions; Occupational Health; Forestry; Argentina.

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