Photo courtesy of Thinkstock. Logging machine in front of a stack of logs
Warning: danger zone! Drivers and other workers must not stand or walk beside the truck while it's being loaded. If you need to enter the danger zone to remove a bunk pin, get the operators attention and wait for them to stop operations.

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Manual or mechanical logging operations are complex, highly hazardous, and subject to sudden changes. These aspects combine to make logging one of the most dangerous occupations in Washington State.

Injury prevention begins with identifying possible safety issues:

  • Dangerous machinery and tools.
  • Unsafe work practices.
  • Ineffective communication.
  • Moving cables (as logs are drawn).
  • Falling, rolling, and sliding trees and logs.
  • Storm-damaged trees.
  • Stumps and other obstacles on the ground that cause unplanned movement of logs.
  • Hazardous terrain conditions (steep slopes, uneven or unstable ground) that cause slips, trips, and falls.

Information provided in this topic page can help identify and evaluate existing or potential hazards. It also provides resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of required written safety and health programs.

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