Forestry Projects

Improving Safety in the Northwest Logging and Forestry Workforces

Pilot?: 
No

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.

Feasibility: Wildland Firefighter Injuries in Idaho and Montana (NIOSH/CDC, 2002-2004)

Pilot?: 
No

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.