Risk classes and supplemental reporting

Mechanized logging risk classes are only assigned to businesses who meet specific requirements.

Contact your account manager and schedule a L&I site survey to get approved for the mechanized logging risk classes.

All equipment used must have a protective cab and is required to meet DOSH guidelines for roll over protection standards (ROPS) and falling object protection standards (FOPS)

You may qualify for risk class 5005-00 for logging and/or tree thinning - mechanized operations if no workers or sub-contractors are performing manual logging activities during the logging contract.

Logging machine operators have their own mechanized logging risk class 5005-01, to qualify your company must have:

  • Protective cabs for equipment such as a feller buncher, processor, forwarder, skidder, log loader, or tower/yarder, and
  • The operator doesn’t usually leave the cab to perform logging operation duties

Approved? Once your business is approved for mechanized logging rates you are responsible for filing a Mechanized Logging Supplemental Quarterly Report (F212-223-000) in addition to your quarterly report.

Felling trees by hand - reporting

Any time workers are hand felling trees from the ground, all work must be reported in risk class 5001-03 Logging NOC.

Occasionally workers may need to hand fall a tree because it is oversized or the terrain is too steep to safely operate machinery. This work is more hazardous and not included in the mechanized logging risk classes 5005-00 or 5005-01.

You may split hours between 5001-03 (Logging NOC) and other logging classes such as 5005-00 (Mechanized logging) or 5005-01 (Logging machine operators) as long as you maintain accurate records to reflect the time spent in each risk class. Without original time records, a machine operator who performs any work outside the cab at the logging side will have all of their hours assigned to risk class 5001-03.

Operating towers and yarders - reporting

You must keep accurate, original time records for workers or all hours will be assigned to risk class 5001-03 (Logging NOC).

Employees who operate a tower/yarder are reported in:

5001-03 Logging, N.O.C.

  • When operating the tower/yarder on the ground.
  • When working outside of the cab for setup or teardown of the tower/yarder.

5005-01 Logging machine operators

  • When working inside the cab as a logging machine operator if accurate records are maintained.

You may split hours between 5001-03 (Logging NOC) and other logging classes such as 5005-00 (mechanized logging) or 5005-01 (logging machine operators) as long as you maintain accurate records to reflect the time spent in each risk class. Without original time records a machine operator, who performs any work outside the cab at the logging side, will have all of their hours assigned to risk class 5001-03.

Common injuries

In mechanized logging, most injuries occur when operators slip entering or exiting the cab of the machine or they jump from the machine's tracks.

Train your operators to:

  • Use handrails
  • Wear appropriate shoes
  • Be cautious when tracks are wet or slippery
  • Avoid jumping from the machine tracks

For more information visit Get Started With Safety & Health

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