LOGGING SAFETY

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Logging has consistently been one of the most hazardous industries in the United States (US). In 2010, the logging industry employed 95,000 workers, and accounted for 70 deaths. This results in a fatality rate of 73.7 deaths per 100,000 workers that year. This rate is over 21 times higher than the overall fatality rate in the US in 2010 (3.4 deaths per 100,000). This excessive risk for fatal work injuries points to a need for prioritizing research and intervention programs to make this industry less hazardous.

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Page last reviewed: July 13, 2012