In FY2013, a unique issue emerged in Washington State. Land management companies have come forward with concerns regarding the high risk classification for manual (non-mechanized) loggers. The Pacific Northwest’s slopes are steep and often prohibitive to the safer mechanized logging seen used now throughout the US. The high risk classification stems from two issues – the high hazard work taking place, but also avoidance of joining the workers compensation insurance pool/workers designated as independent contractors.
Pilot Project: Developing, Testing an Objective Tool for Measuring Postural and Vibrational Exposures During Forestry and Agricultural Work (PNASH Pilot, 2001-2005)
In an effort to reduce wildland firefighter injury and illness, PNASH worked with the USDA Forest Service and Blackbull Wildfire Services to characterize injuries to wildland firefighters.