An Analysis of Timber Harvesting Injuries and Prevention Mechanisms in the Southeastern US, 1996-2006

In order to better define safety needs in forestry and logging, this 24-month project aimed to investigate timber harvesting injuries and prevention mechanisms in the southeastern United States over a 10-year period from 1996-2006. Data will be generated and analyzed from injury claims compiled by multiple participating workers compensation insurance carriers. The study built upon similar analyses conducted in 1996 and 2001 by the co-PI, Robert M. Shaffer, PhD. Analysis of more recent injury claims will provide updated 5-year data points and allow for the determination of injury trends over a 10-year period. Historically, no data existed to define the relationship between type and extent of logger safety training and reduced injury rates. This information will be a significant advancement in the field and will aid in the development of more effectively targeted training and injury prevention programs for foresters and harvesting contractors.

For more information contact Chad Bolding, PhD, Assistant Professor, Forest Operations/Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 540-231-6924