Logging Injury Prevention
In 2014, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in collaboration with the logging companies, industrial timberland owners and the Washington Department of Natural Resources started the Washington Logger Safety Initiative (LSI). The LSI program was in response to the high injury rates and high costs associated with manual logging activities.
SHARP has provided support for the LSI program by reviewing workers’ compensation claim data, publishing injury prevention material, surveying landowners and contract loggers participating in the program, and evaluating LSI’s effectiveness in reducing claims and costs. LSI is an ongoing program at L&I.
The rapid adoption of tethered logging practices as a substitute for hand cutting of timber on steep slopes led to the production of Best Management and Operating Practices for Steep Slope Machine Logging, a first of its kind safety and operating guide for this emerging logging practice in the US.
Logging Injury Alerts
Near Miss Alerts
Bonauto DK, Wuellner SE, Marcum JL, and Adams DA (2019). Injury Rate Comparisons for Nonmechanized and Mechanized Logging Operations, Washington State, 2005-2014. Journal of Agromedicine. doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2019.1566106 | Research Findings