Logging is among the most dangerous occupations. In a recent year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 14,000 injuries per 100,000 full-time workers, compared to only 8,000 per 100,000 workers for the private sector as a whole. The logging industry experiences a fatality rate 23 times higher than all US workers according to the CDC. In 2006 the fatality rate in the logging industry was more than 30 times the all-worker rate.
According to the CDC, many workers and employers do not follow OSHA standards that would prevent many injuries and deaths.
Employers are generally immune from civil liability for work-place injury. Not all workers are covered by L&I (a/k/a/ worker’s comp)—contract workers, for example. In those situations, the logging company would not be immune from liability for injuries. Worker’s comp immunity does not extend to manufacturers if a design or manufacturing defect causes injury.
If you have been injured in the logging industry, consult with an attorney to learn about your rights.