Dangers Associated With Logging
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Mon Jan 2012
- Workers Compensation,
Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Felling trees with a chainsaw is the most dangerous of all logging activities. If you’ve been injured on the job, contact an experienced New Jersey workers compensation lawyer today, since you may have a valid claim for workers’ compensation insurance.
Felling a tree means to cut the tree in such a way that it falls in the desired direction and causes the least amount of damage to the tree. Limning is cutting branches off of felled or standing trees. Bucking is sawing felled trees into logs.
Dangers associated with logging are numerous. For example, moving felled trees to a landing area can present hazards from skidding or cable operations. Loading and unloading logs can cause injuries from the inadvertent release of logs and from the movement of the loader itself. Explosives used by loggers for clearing obstacles present an extreme hazard if improperly stored, transported, or used. In addition, logging operations are often far from any emergency medical care. Properly administered first aid can be a major factor in minimizing even life-threatening injuries. If you are injured, contact a New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer.
General safe practice requirements for logging include the following:
- Workers must be well-spaced.
- Each worker’s duties must be defined so one worker’s actions do not create a hazard for any other worker.
- Dangers associated with electrical storms, strong winds, heavy rain or snow, cold, fog, fires, mudslides, and darkness must be addressed.
- Trees must be felled so that they do not fall into adjacent occupied work areas.
- Workers should not approach a feller or mechanical felling operation any closer than two tree-lengths of the trees being felled, until the feller or felling machine operator acknowledges that it is safe to do so.
- Felling must be done uphill from or on the same level as previously felled trees in order to limit the hazards associated with rolling or sliding logs or trees.
- Each worker at a logging work site must work in a position or location that is within visual or audible contact with another worker.
- The employer must account for each worker at the end of each shift.
If you’ve been injured on the job, contact experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404 for a free initial consultation.