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NIOSH Testimony on Logging Operations, July 31, 1989.

NIOSH 1989 Jul:12 pages
This testimony detailed the concerns of NIOSH on the proposed rule changes for logging operations as advanced by OSHA. Specifically, NIOSH supported OSHA in requiring that a worker who is inexperienced in a task be under the close guidance of a person who is experienced in the safe performance of that task. NIOSH also indicated that snakebites are not a frequent hazard to these workers, that all three proposed rules address the need for continuous contact between workers on a logging site while maintaining a safe working distance between fellers and other workers, that the use of guard tips on chainsaws reduces the danger of kick back only under certain conditions, that the rule should require the use of the chain break any time the worker is moving from one location to another, that "no rider" provisions should not exempt persons for training purposes, that roll over protective structures are a protective device to reduce fatalities from equipment rollovers, that OSHA should consider that the safe use of trees or stumps as guideline anchors is highly dependent on the tree species involved, and that OSHA should consider that at least two methods of making wedges and backcuts exist.
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Page last reviewed: September 4, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division