Overview

Logging in the Northeast

Logging ranks as one of the most hazardous industries in the United States (US). The tools and products of the trade, such as chainsaws, heavy machinery, trees and timber pose danger to employees and bystanders. The nature of logging dictates that workers are exposed to additional hazards when environmental conditions, such as terrain and weather, are factored into their work day. The remote nature of many logging sites makes emergency medical care and timely transportation to a hospital facility challenging. All of these factors highlight the need for improved logging safety. In the Northeast, the logging industry is characterized by both large mechanized operations, and smaller non-mechanized companies and hazards can vary by type and size of operation.