A study of logger fatalities from 1992-2000.
Inj Prev 2004 Aug; 10(4):239-243
To determine if certain loggers are at increased risk of death during logging operations. Statistical analysis of 780 logger fatalities for a nine year period (1992-2000). The major findings are: (1) treefallers suffer nearly 63% of all fatalities, (2) the region where the fatality occurred and the size of the employer were not significant factors that contributed to a high percentage of treefaller fatalities, and (3) the Northeast and Midwest regions showed a higher percentage of fatalities compared with the South and West regions. Overall, the logger fatality rate for 1992-2000, compared with 1980-88 has decreased slightly; however, treefallers continue to be the group of loggers who suffer the highest fatality rate.
Logging-workers; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Occupational-hazards; Hazards; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment
Mr Douglas F Scott, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Spokane Research Laboratory, Spokane, WA 99207