The Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) is a manual logging safety-based program where, if certain requirements are met, employers receive up to a 20% discount on their workers' compensation insurance rates.
- Promote a safety-first culture for the logging industry employers and its workers.
- Reduce the frequency and severity of injuries and deaths.
- Increase proper reporting of worker hours.
- Explore options to reduce costs in the industry.
Who qualifies for the program?
Manual logging companies, who have employees, and are actively logging.
Who we partner with
We're a key member of the LSI Taskforce partnership of government, public and private timber landowners and logging industry leaders. Members are appointed by the Washington Forest Protection Association and Washington Contract Loggers Association. We manage the program, and implement decisions made by the taskforce.
To qualify for the LSI program your company must have employees and actively conduct manual logging activities or a company owner must maintain optional owner workers’ compensation coverage. Below are the steps to apply for the program and become certified.
Apply for the program today
Submit your monthly hours starting the month you apply to the program by using this form Monthly Supplemental Hours (F212-246-000).
To achieve Tier 1 your company must apply for the program, implement the LSI Accident Prevention Program(s), and tailor it to your company’s needs.
If your company only conducts cable logging, download the logging accident prevention program.
If your company is a timber falling company, or has timber fallers along with cable logging, please download this timber falling accident prevention program.
Achieve these steps and your company will receive a 5% discount on its workers’ compensation insurance premium.
Tier 2 is achieved by the completing a workers’ compensation premium audit and a Safety and Health consultation visit. After any findings have been corrected, your company will receive a 10% discount on its workers’ compensation insurance premium.
Becoming fully LSI certified includes the completion of an independent third party safety audit. The safety auditor will review your company’s work practices by verifying all LSI safety requirements are met. After any findings are addressed your 20% discount will be applied.
Public and private landowner companies are a vital partner to the LSI program. Below is the list of landowners who have signed up to participate in the program.
Green Diamond Resource Company
Hancock Forest Management
Merrill & Ring
Olympic Resource Management LLC
Port Blakely Tree Farms
Rayonier Washington Timber Company
Sierra Pacific Industries
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Weyerhaeuser Western Timberlands
The table of participants below includes all companies enrolled with the program. Click on a company name and be redirected to the “Verify a Contractor” page to review the company in detail.
We require that your crew-members complete at least 4 hours of formal training a year. Each quarter the program sends out trainings for timber cutters and cable logging to meet the 4-hour training requirement.
There is also a formal 4-hour training requirement for company owners and/or their designated safety person. To learn more about this requirement read the Training Requirements Policy outlining allowable meetings and conferences you can attend.
If you would like to submit training topic suggestions or participate in writing a training, email us at loggersafety@Lni.wa.gov
Find the most recent training documents in the LSI Training Library.
The program has standard ongoing requirements to maintain enrollment in the program. The requirements include:
- Enrollee’s workers’ compensation premium account must be in good standing as outlined in WAC 296-17-31004(4).
- Companies must accurately report worker hours in the appropriate risk classification each quarter.
- Submit on time monthly supplemental reports for hours worked in the manual logging risk classification of 5001.
- Fulfill the annual training requirements of the crew and owner/appointed safety officer of the company.
- Continually comply with applicable safety and health standards administered by L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Find LSI out more information here in the LSI Policy Library
- Are you working in Oregon and need an LSI consultation visit? Read the Requirements for Companies Working in Oregon policy.
- Two ongoing training requirements must be met each year. Learn about the Training Sessions Requirements.
- Has your company not manual logged for three consecutive quarters? LSI will reach out to you and ask your company to withdraw as described in the LSI Administrative Management Policy.
- These two policies describe violations for termination at different tier levels.
Tier 1&2 Process for Violations and Tier 3 Process for Violations.
- Learn about the Safety Review Panel, the policy, and what a triggering event is.
- Read about what steps to take if your company fails a third party audit in the LSI Failed Third Party Audit policy.
We are committed to keeping the logging industry safe and working. Here are some resources you can use in your everyday business activities.
SHARP program Hazard Alerts – use these great one-page training documents at your next safety meeting.
Would you like in-depth help managing your claim costs or wonder how your workers’ compensation rates are calculated? Get in touch with a Risk Manager for a free consultation visit.
Do you hire independent contractors or subcontractors? Learn about Independent Contractors guidelines in the Independent Contractors Guide. This guide will help you determine the difference between an employee and independent contractor.
If your company experiences a workplace injury use the Logging Industry Return to Work Toolkit to help return your employee to work as soon as possible.